Active and Passive Voice

Just like in all languages, in English sentences can be in the active and passive voice.

Active voice

You probably already know and use the active voice. It is the more "natural" voice, and is used more often than the passive voice.

Examples:

  • I tell stories.
  • The city was invaded by the Danes in the 16th century.

In this voice, the object receives the action of the verb.
 

Passive voice

This is the less usual voice, used only in specific situations.

Examples:

  • Stories are told by me.
  • The Danes invaded the city in the 16th century.

Here, it is the subject that receives the action of the verb.

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    "The city was invaded by the Danes in the 16th century." should go under Passive voice while "The Danes invaded the city in the 16th century." under Active voice.