Passive and active voice
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Being able to use passive verbs effectively is now included in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Years 5 and 6: …using passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence. So what does this mean and how can we teach it, without it becoming a dull grammar exercise?
What are active and passive verbs?
In order to understand what passive verbs are, it is first necessary to understand what active verbs are. Active sentences are found more commonly than passive ones.
In an active sentence, the subject of the sentence does the verb to the object.
Kasim (subject) held (verb) the trophy (object).
In a passive sentence, what was the object is moved to the front of the sentence and has the verb done to it (strictly speaking, it is now the subject). The person who did the action can be added, using ‘by’, although the ‘by’ can be omitted.
The trophy (subject) was held (passive verb form) by Kasim.
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