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What do active and passive voices mean?
Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English, explains that in the active voice the subject is performing the action, whereas in the passive voice the subject has the action done to it.
Active voice examples
- The boy hits his brother
- Tom finds his dog
- Simon likes his new friend
- The driver ran someone over
Passive voice examples
- The boy was hit by his brother
- Tom was found by his dog
- Simon was liked by his new friend
- The driver was run over by someone
Explanation and comparison
In the above active voice examples, the subjects (that are underlined) are performing the actions i.e. it is the boy who hits his brother, whereas in the passive voice examples, the subjects (that are underlined) are having the actions done to them i.e. it is the boy who is hit by his brother.
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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK