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    Passive voice

    Could someone give some contexts where the passive is preferred?

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram100 View Post
    Could someone give some contexts where the passive is preferred?

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    Passive form is used when the action is important,but the agent is not important.
    1)Rain is predicted for this afternoon.

    2.When the agent is not known.

    The trees were cut.

    3.When the agent needs to be emphasised.

    The winning run was scored by Gavaskar.

    All the mangoes are spoilt.We don't say someone spoilt the mangoes.

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    Re: Passive voice

    (1) Also, when you don't want to disclose the source of information.

    I've been given a good reason why I can't trust him.

    (2) When the agents are contrasted.
    This poem was written by my sister, and that one - by my brother.

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