Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Passive and active voice, part of Grammar Foundations.
Passive and active voice deserve a special discussion, …because of possible misconceptions …and because being able to choose …which is better is important. …Let's start with what each is. …If active voice is used, then the sentence's …subject is doing the acting. …The CEO made the announcement. …The who or what, the subject of the sentence, is the CEO. …The subject is doing; he is making the annoucement. …Passive voice, on the other hand, refers …to a sentence structure in which the subject …is receiving the action or is being acted upon. …The announcement was made by the CEO. …The who or what, the subject, is now announcement. …It received the action. …Both are grammatically correct, …but which should be used? …Of course, it depends. …Which should be used is determined by the context …and by what the writer wants to emphasize, …and even if formal or informal writing is being used. …Active voice does result in stronger wording. …"Do not use your cell phone except in designated areas." …
- Differentiate between concrete and abstract nouns.
- Demonstrate proper use of articles.
- Distinguish between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses.
- Create parallel sentences.
- Use pronouns correctly.
- Recognize look-alikes and sound-alikes.
- Apply appropriate punctuation rules.
- Distinguish between passive and active voice.
Skill Level Intermediate
Business Writing Principleswith Judy Steiner-Williams1h 32m Beginner
1. Overview of Grammar
2. The Parts of Speech
3. Common Problems
Practicing the grammar rules1m 46s
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