Voice (grammar)

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Voice in grammar is about the way subject and object work in a sentence.

  • Active voice: Jane chose the furniture.
  • Passive voice: The furniture was chosen by Jane.

The distinction only applies where the verb is transitive, since only a transitive verb comes with an object.[1]p1094 For example: We enjoyed the trip is transitive and in active voice. The trip was enjoyed by us is transitive and in passive voice.[2] She hurried home is not transitive and so has no voice. But if she hurried the children home, that's transitive and active voice.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 McArthur, Tom (ed) 1992. The Oxford companion to the English language. Oxford University Press.
  2. William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style (New York: Macmillan Publishing co., Inc; London: Collier Macmillan Publishers, 1979), pp. 18–19