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What are the rules in converting an active sentence to a passive sentence or vice verse?

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June 14, 2015 2:40PM

Passive sentences are the type you see in a newspaper: The crime was committed, A score of 10:1 was made, The lottery winner was chosen. They usually use forms of "to be," which are considered weak verbs that don't really tell you anything about what's going on other than the fact that something happened.

Passive sentences use active verbs that give vivid images: The killer committed murder, The team scored 10:1, The baker won the lottery.


You should see now that you need to switch out those "to be" verbs and change them to active verbs instead if you want an active sentence.