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What is active voice?

 

Definition
 

Active voice is a voice that indicates a subject has the semantic function of actor.

Example (English)
 
  • The following sentence construction is in active voice. The subject Jones has the semantic function of actor.

  • Jones built the house.
  • The above active construction contrasts with the following construction in passive voice, where Jones has the semantic function of actor but house is the subject:

  • The house was built by Jones.
  • Generic
      Active voice is a kind of
     
    See also
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 12

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 6

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 251–252

     

    Nida 1949 168

     

    Mish 1991 54


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