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    Question Passive and Active sentences.

    Have I got these round the right way?

    Present Simple Passive
    Beyonce's music is produced by Jay-Z.

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    Jay-Z is the producer of Beyonce's music.

    Past Simple Passive
    Beyonce's music was produced by Jay-Z.

    Past Simple Active
    Jay-Z produced the music for Beyonce.

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    Re: Passive and Active sentences.

    1, 3 and 4 are fine. Have another look at 2. (Hint - What's the verb?)

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    Re: Passive and Active sentences.

    2) Jay-Z produces music for Beyonce. (to produce - to be the producer)

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    Question Re: Passive and Active sentences.

    Thank you. One more question - If someone asked you what is the point of passive and active sentences, what would you tell them?

    1) Active - Places emphasis on the 'subject/agent' as the 'doer' of the verb
    2) Passive - Places emphasis on the subject, but makes the object/agent the 'doer'

    Why would student need to do this? Would it be to make their creative writing more interesting to read?

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    Re: Passive and Active sentences.

    Here are some reasons:

    The agent may be unimportant: Over 41,000 Skoda cars were sold/bought in the UK last year.
    The agent may be unknown: George's father was killed in Laos.
    The agent may wish to appear not to be responsible for the action: The files were lost in the move (The speaker lost them!)
    An impersonal tone may be desired: Five thousand students were interviewed about their eating habits.

    More than one reason may apply in any situation, and there are certainly other reasons.

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    Re: Passive and Active sentences.

    Another popular reason for using the passive is when people specifically want to hide the culprit. This usage is very popular among politicians:

    Interviewer: Wouldn't you say you made a mistake?
    Politician: Mistakes were made, and lessons have been learnt.

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