Verbs (Active and Passive Voice) 01
"Temperatures are measured in degrees" is an example of a sentence written in the passive voice.

Verbs (Active and Passive Voice) 01

In English, when the subject of the verb is performing the action then the sentence is written in the active voice as in 'The dog bit the cat'. The sentence 'Dogs are cat biters' uses the passive voice! This is difficult so be warned!

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  1. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
    'You use', 'Gran uses' and 'flour and eggs make' all use the active voice - we therefore call them active sentences
  2. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
  3. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
    Using the passive voice is an impersonal, more formal way of writing
  4. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
    Here again the passive voice makes this more formal in tone
  5. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
  6. Which sentence uses the active voice?
    If the sentence contains 'are' then it is probably written in the passive voice
  7. Which sentence uses the active voice?
    Focus on what 'The gymnast' does and you will see that this is active voice
  8. Which sentence uses the active voice?
    It is 'Mum' who does the verb and this again is active voice
  9. Which sentence uses the active voice?
  10. Which sentence uses the active voice?
    If you have found this quiz difficult then don't worry. The great majority of adults have no idea whether a sentence is written in the active or passive voice!

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