Generations of writers agree the active voice is more engaging for readers than using the passive voice.
In active writing, the subject is at the start of the sentence and the order is subject – verb – object.
In passive sentences, the subject is at the end and the order is object – verb – subject.
Like all grammar rules, it doesn’t always work and you shouldn’t remove every passive sentence. More often than not, you should make your passive sentences active.
In passive voice, the person or thing follows the action. In active voice, it puts the person or thing first and makes the sentence clear and precise.
When we leave the subject out:
When writing in the passive voice, we sometimes leave the subject out. This makes our readers having to draw their own conclusions.
|The||kite||was thrown||into the sky|
|Action||was taken||against the protesters|
|Joann||was praised||at school|
Passive voice can be sneaky
Here we see the passive voice being used with a modifier.
|The||kite||thrown||into the sky||was later found|
|noun||verb||split passive verb|
Is a reduction of:
|The||kite||(that was) thrown||into the sky||was later found|
|noun||Passive verb||split passive verb|
Turn it into the active voice:
|Kate||threw||the kite||into the sky,||Greg||found||it||again|