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Grammar matters: relationships

Choose active or passive voice

Voice shows the relationship between the verb and the noun phrase associated with it.

  • Most disciplines prefer sentences in active voice. The subject performs an action and the writing is more direct.

            The students studied the exam timetable.

  • In passive voice, the subject undergoes an action.

            The timetable was studied by the students.

  • Overuse of the passive can make your writing cumbersome.
  • Passive voice is often used in science.

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