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    Re: A problem when changing the active voice into passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by imme9x View Post
    of course that i have already known some of the rules above.But what i asked you mean that : in the 2nd sentence,usually the criminals is arrested by the police,so you have known that the Subject (the police)is clear,why don't you remove it from the Passive sentence???
    When the agent ( doer) is clear, you don't need to mention it. You could remove it. Is that what you want to know? Does that help?
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    Re: A problem when changing the active voice into passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by imme9x View Post
    of course that i have already known some of the rules above.
    Of course, I already know some of the rules.
    Quote Originally Posted by imme9x View Post
    usually the criminals is arrested by the police
    usually the criminals are arrested by the police
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    The passive voice can be quite useful. For example, if you don't want to sound accusatory you might use the passive voice. Example:
    Active voice:
    Mr. X sent me to the wrong place.
    Passive voice:
    I was sent to the wrong place.

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