Active and Passive Voice ( Sentences without agents )

Active and Passive Voice

Sentences without agents

1. Sometimes, a passive sentence does not contain an agent.

This is because we do not know who or what did the action.

Example:

Henry’s office was burgled yesterday.

 

2. When the agent of an action is unimportant,

We can leave it out when the sentence is in the passive voice.

Example:

People warned us about the dangerous areas in that city.

We were warned about the dangerous areas in that city by people.

  

3. We usually leave out the agent in a passive sentence if the person or thing that did the action is obvious.

Example:

Ellen writes her essays with humour and wit.

Ellen’s essays are written with humour and wit by Ellen.

 

4. We usually use the passive voice to describe a scientific experiment or a process and leave out the agent because our focus is on what happens and not on who or what does the action.

Example:

The can of pineapple cubes are sent on a conveyor belt by someone to a machine where they are sealed by the machine.

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2 Comments »

  1. Arikrishnan said

    it.s good for students and teachers

  2. sws said

    VERY GOOD INDEED

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