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    When we use PASSIVE VOICE

    Hi there,
    When we use PASSIVE VOICE in English language?


    Did you find any mistake? Please to correct them =)

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    Re: When we use PASSIVE VOICE

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Hi there,
    When do we use the PASSIVE VOICE in English language?


    Did you find any mistake? Please to correct them =)
    Please take a look at the links below showing related threads. It's a broad topic. Another source is google this sequence: owl purdue passive -- it will bring you to the online writing lab (the OWL) at Purdue University.

    Please ask specific questions, because this is very broad.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: When we use PASSIVE VOICE

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Hi there,
    When we use PASSIVE VOICE in English language?


    Did you find any mistake? Please to correct them =)

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) One reason is to be less confrontational (angry):

    (a) You go to a party; you put your cellphone on a table; you go get some

    refreshments; you return to the table; and the cellphone is not there.

    Which sentence do you think is "softer":

    Hey, dudes, one of you has stolen my cellphone!!! Which one of you took it?

    Hey, dudes, my cellphone has been stolen!!! I need your help.

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    Re: When we use PASSIVE VOICE

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    Hi there,
    When do we use the passive voice in English? language


    Did you find any mistakes? Please to correct them.
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    Re: When we use PASSIVE VOICE

    We use passive voice on a sentence when we thing that the object (the thing we speak about) must be stressed than the subject (who speaks)

    e.g. John bought a laptop yesterday.(active voice)

    here we are emphasizing John and not his laptop or at least we are not giving much value to it.

    however, if we need to stress his laptop we would say,

    An excellent laptop was bought by John yesterday.

    here we are giving value to his laptop not the person who bought it.

    So, the thing which we think must be given importance can be told in a passive voice. The subject or the speaker remains less important here.

    The bridge was damaged last night. (no matter who damaged it). The important factor is that the bridge was destroyed and it must be given full attention.

    Kalyan

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    Re: When we use PASSIVE VOICE

    Please be careful in the terms you use to explain the passive. In the passive, the grammatical subject of the sentence is not the same as the "doer of the action." You have used the term "subject" to refer to the latter. Many learners will see the word "subject" and think it refers to the former.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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