10/9: Passive Voice

Find TWO examples of the passive voice in a non-fiction piece. Rewrite each sentence in the active voice. Please include both the original sentence and the revision.

 

 

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    Active: The carefully smelled the test tube.

    Passive: The ions from the plasma membrane were sampled in the lab.
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  19. Active: We are going to watch a movie tonight.
    Passive: A movie is going to be watched by us tonight.

    Active: I will clean the house everyday.
    Passive: The house will be cleaned by me everyday.

  20. Ardit Gjoni says:

    Passive: An executive order was issued by president Obama late last night.
    Active: President Obama had issued an executive order late last night.

    Passive: The message had been delivered to the family yesterday.
    Active: The family is recieving a message from yesterday.

  21. Armen Bijimenian says:

    The drinks were given to me by john.
    John gave me the drinks.

    The car was made by BMW.
    BMW mad the car.

  22. Kevin Gomez says:

    Instructions will be given to you by the director. (passive)
    The director will give you instructions. (active)

    The entire house was painted by Tom. (passive)
    Tom painted the entire house. (active)

  23. Active: A federal agency sued Corinthian Colleges.
    Passive: Corinthian Colleges was sued by a federal agency.

    Active: Spanish health officials began to explain Wednesday how an auxiliary nurse became the first Ebola case in Western Europe.
    Passive: An explanation was given as to how an auxiliary nurse became the first Ebola case in the Western Europe.

  24. Hurriya Hassan says:

    Passive: Arlene was infuriated by his words
    Active: His words infuriated Arlene.

    Passive: Joe’s car was scratched in the parking lot.
    Active: Someone scratched Joe’s car in the parking lot.

  25. The kangaroo carried her baby in her pouch. (active)
    The baby was carried by the kangaroo in her pouch. (passive)

    Some people raise sugar cane in Hawaii. (active)
    Sugar cane is raised by some people in Hawaii. (passive)

  26. Zainab Karim says:

    Passive: The fire started by the cigarette on the floor.
    Active: The careless smoke caused the wildfire in the forest

    Passive: The research experiment is being prepared.
    Active: The professor is preparing the experiment.

  27. Jay Lebowitz says:

    Passive: The journal was published by the company.
    Active: The company published the journal.
    Passive: It was decided by them that the picture was appropriate.
    Active: They decided that the picture was appropriate.

  28. Shanna Razak says:

    The Savannah is roamed by many animals.(Passive)
    Many animals roam the Savannah.(Active)

    The sun is orbited by the Earth(Passive)
    The Earth orbits the Sun(Active)

  29. Hamid Javed says:

    Passive: The chemical solution is being made by the scientist.
    Active: The scientist is making the chemical solution.

    Passive: The scientific article was read by Tim.
    Active: Tim is reading the scientific article.

  30. Isabelle Davidov says:

    Active: The girl is preparing food
    Passive: The food is being prepared

    Active: The delivery man brought the package
    Passive: The package was delivered

  31. Sue changed the flat tire. (active)
    The flat tire was changed by Sue. (passive)

    We are going to watch a movie tonight. (active)
    A movie is going to be watched by us tonight. (passive)

  32. Andrew Wildstein says:

    Passive: The test tube was carefully smelled.
    Active: The carefully smelled the test tube.

    Passive: The ions from the plasma membrane were sampled in the lab.
    Active: We sampled the ions from the plasma membrane in the lab.

  33. Passive: The statue is being renovated by the construction crew.
    Active: The construction crew is renovating the statue.

    Passive: The house is being cleaned by the family for the holidays.
    Active: The family is cleaning the house for the holidays.

  34. Matthew Chan says:

    Passive: Pollutants are dumped into the ocean by large companies every year.
    Active: Large companies dump pollutants into the ocean every year

    Passive: The ball was thrown by the boy
    Active: The boy threw the ball

  35. Maria Hayee says:

    Thousands of tourists view the Grand Canyon every year. (active)
    The Grand Canyon is viewed by thousands of tourists every year. (passive)

    The saltwater eventually corroded the metal beams. (active)
    The metal beams were eventually corroded by the saltwater. (passive)

  36. Passive: The poster is being made by the art club.
    Active: The art club is making the poster.

    Passive: Garbage is being taken out by her while cleaning.
    Active:She took the garbage out while cleaning.

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