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What is passive voice?

 

Definition
 

Passive voice is a voice that indicates that the subject is the patient or recipient of the action denoted by the verb.

Example (English)
 

Here is an example of a construction in passive voice:

 
  • The man was nudged by a passer-by.
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    The above example contrasts with the one below, which is in active voice:

     
  • A passer-by nudged the man.
  • Kind
      Here is a kind of passive voice:
     
    Generic
      Passive voice is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 259

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 161

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 252

     

    Nida 1949 1689

     

    Mish 1991 860

     

    Crystal 1985 222


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