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Active and Passive Voice

Understanding the distinction between writing in passive voice and active voice
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active
the subject is performing the action
passive
the subject does not act, but is acted upon
active
Mortimer scanned the headlines.
passive
The headlines were scanned by Mortimer.
passive
The beanpole was climbed by Jack.
active
The bluebird built its nest from small twigs.
active
"From my desk I watched the fine powder dust the sidewalk and pared cars below."
passive
"I was frightened whent he telephone rang during the night, angry when I heard the dial tone."
passive
"Each flake was different, Sister Zoe had said, like a person, irreplaceable and beautiful."
passive
"President Kennedy, looking worried too, was on the television at home, explaining we might have to go to war against the Communists.
active
"[W]e file[d] into the hall [and] covered our heads with our coats..."
active
"Sister Zoe explained to a wide-eyed classroom what was happening in Cuba."
passive
"Russian missiles were being assembled, trained supposedly on New York City."
active
"Our first year in New York, we rented a small aparemtne wit a Catholic school nearby, taught by the Sisters of Charity, hefty women in long black gowns and bonnets that mad ethem look peculiar, like dolls in mourning."
passive
"As the only immigrant in my class, I was put in a special seat in the first row by the window, apart fromthe other children so that Sister Zoe could tutor me without disturbing them."