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Ed Ryan Pinol
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In most English sentence with an action verb, active voice is the action denoted by the verb. For example: the man must have eaten five hamburgers. In this case the man is the subject and his doing the eating which is the verb. Another simple example is Marilyn mailed the letter. In this case Marilyn is the subject because she is the main person doing the work, mailing the letter. Mailing is the verb in this example.
Don't get Active voice and passive voice confuse. Because active is used for non-scientific writing. Using active voice for the majority of your sentence makes your meaning clear for the readers, and keeps the sentence from being too complicated or wordy. Even in scientific writing, too much use of passive voice can cloud the meaning of your sentence.
For example, the entrance exam was failed by over one third of the applicants to the school. In this case that example was passive, because the action perform upon the sentence subject. To make that example into an active voice we have to rewrite or rearrange the sentence. The active voice version is, one third of the applicants to the school failed the entrance exam. You notice how the sentence subject performs the action.
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