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I am not a grammar expert, but I know that the passive voice is often considered to be less direct than the active voice. Passive tense sentences can also sound more formal and make it unclear who is taking action in a sentence.

In this blog post, you will learn about the different types of verbs and how they affect your writing. You will also learn about what passive voice vs. active voice means and why you should avoid using it in most cases!

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The passive voice is a grammatical construction that typically renders the agent of an action or event as either unknown, unimportant, irrelevant, non-apparent or indefinite.

Passive constructions may be formed using various verbs and verb phrases; by participle phrase clauses introduced with ‘by’; sentence adverbial clauses introduced with ‘that’ (in which case they are often called “adjectival” rather than “passive”), or nouns accompanied by a prepositional phrase such as those referring to time.

The use of passive voice in English prose can range from nonexistent in certain genres for stylistic purposes to more frequent in other styles. I hope this has helped you learn what active vs. passive tense means! 


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