Language Arts ...Writing
posted by Mandi on .
Is the following sentence written in the Active Voice.
My answer yes, is this correct?
Accidents are witnessed every day.
No, that's the passive voice.
In the active voice, the subject of the verb performs an action; e.g., "He killed the President".
In the passive voice, the subject of the verb receives the action; e.g., "The President was killed".
Or, "Accidents are witnessed every day".
An easy way to differentiate is to remember that if the sentence does not explicitly state /who/ performed the described action, it is probably in the passive voice.
Here is one of the many websites explaining the difference between active and passive voice. Study the examples to clarify the difference.
I think that is what SraJMcGin intended to post.
People witness accidents everyday.
This is an easy way to think of the difference between Active Voice and Passive Voice.
Active - the subject does something(is active). The Action moves from Subject ->Verb
or Subject ->Verb->Direct Object.
Passive - That subject is LAZY... It is just having something done to it.
Subject <-Verb *** plus there is a "being" verb as an auxiliary...
The boy <- IS HIT by the ball.
Has BEEN hit
So... two clues - is there a being verb as an auxiliary, and is the subject ACTIVE or just sitting there . <G>