The Write Way

Daily Writing Tip

Many writers don't understand the difference between active and passive voice and when to use each. Active voice emphasizes the actor (the person or thing doing the action) and should be used when the reader needs to know who or what performed the action; in this case, the person or thing is in the subject position in the sentence. Passive voice, on the other hand, emphasizes the action (who or what completed the action isn’t important); note that the “boy’s shoe” is in the subject position in the sentence.

Active: Sally tied the boy's shoe.
Passive: The boy's shoe was tied by Sally.

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