Active voice examples

The active voice is the main element of English grammar, in which the subject of a sentence performs the action indicated by the verb. In the active voice, the subject is the actor, and the verb shows what the subject does. For example, in the sentence “John hit the ball,” John is the subject and it is the verb showing what John did. The active voice is contrasted with the passive voice, in which the subject of a sentence is acted upon by the verb. In the passive voice, the subject is the recipient of the action, and the verb shows what was done to the subject. For example, in the sentence “The ball was hit by John,” the ball is the subject, and was hit is the verb showing what was done to the ball.

In grammar, the term “active voice” refers to a sentence construction in which the subject is the actor or doer of the action. This is in contrast to the “passive voice,” in which the subject is the recipient of the action. Here are some active voice examples:

 1) The cashier counted the money.
In this sentence, the subject (cashier) is doing the action (counting).

2) I baked a cake.  
In this sentence, the subject (I) is doing the action (baked).

 3) The lamp was knocked over by a gust of wind.
In this sentence, the subject (lamp) is the recipient of the action (knocked over), which makes it an example of the passive voice.

Active voice tenses formation:

Tenses 

Present PastFuture
Indefinite tenseI Play

He plays

I played

He played

I will play

He will play

ContinuousI am  playing

He is playing

I was playing

He was playing

I shall be playing

He will be playing

PerfectI have played

He has played

I had played

He had played

I shall have played

He will have played

Perfect ContinuousI have been playing

He has been playing

I had been playing

He had been playing

I shall have been playing

He will have been playing

In writing, the active voice is used when the subject of a sentence executes the action. For example, “I am writing a paper.” The active voice is often seen as more direct and concise than the passive voice.

The passive voice is when the subject of a sentence is acted upon. For example, “A paper is being written by me.” The passive voice is often seen as more roundabout and wordy than the active voice.

There are some common rules to follow when we are using the active voice:

1. Use the active voice whenever possible.
2. Be especially careful of using the passive voice in scientific writing, as it can make your writing sound vague and impersonal.
3. Use active voice to make your writing more concise and direct.
4. Use the passive voice when you want to emphasize the object of the sentence, rather than the subject.

following these simple rules will help you to produce clearer, more effective writing.


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