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SOUND LIKE A NATIVE: USE THE PASSIVE VOICE

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The PASSIVE VOICE is often used in English – more often than it is used in other languages – as a way to avoid naming the subject, either because the subject is unknown or irrelevant, or else. However, there’s instances when a passive voice is used for other purposes – and the subject becomes an agent (the action is done by the agent).

Can you think why a speaker would use the passive voice+by+agent instead of the active voice+subject? Simple! Either the subject is unknown, or it is irrelevant.

Example sentences:

Active: I keep the butter in the fridge.
Passive: The butter is kept in the fridge.

Active: They stole the painting.
Passive: The painting was stolen.

Active: They are repairing the road.
Passive: The road is being repaired.

Active: Shakespeare wrote Hamlet.
Passive: Hamlet was written by Shakespeare.

Active: A dog bit him.
Passive: He was bitten by a dog.

Now, write your own sentences and get some feedback here. Practice your English!



If you want to practice your English and become more fluent, do not hesitate to contact me here. We can have conversation or lessons. See you soon!
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