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When is the appropriate time to use passive sentences?

  1. Loi-Renee profile image80
    Loi-Reneeposted 6 years ago

    When is the appropriate time to use passive sentences?

  2. Victoria Lynn profile image91
    Victoria Lynnposted 6 years ago

    One good example is to avoid blame, or at least to lessen the obviousness of it. For examples, someone might say, "Mistakes were made" instead of "I made a mistake."

    Also, the passive voice could be used to take the focus off the subject and onto what is more important.

    Example: "Every student was given a chance to improve his or her grade."  That's passive. Active would be "The teacher gave every student a chance to improve his or her grade." The point is that every student got a chance. Using the active voice with "the teacher" puts the focus back on the teacher and how great it is that he or she gave the students a chance, when what we really want to focus on is that they got the chance, regardless of who gave it to them.   

    Did I explain that okay?

  3. samanthamayer profile image71
    samanthamayerposted 6 years ago

    Good answer, Victoria. I wouldn't have thought of some of those.

    Otherwise, when you learn a different language you usually learn more about grammar in English. So basically, the time I came across the passive the most when studying Spanish was when describing historical facts, etc. E.g. "fue construida en..." means "It was constructed in...". This example is a bit specific, I realize. Tour guides for sight-seeing buses and museums would use it a lot, if you can imagine.

  4. Loi-Renee profile image80
    Loi-Reneeposted 6 years ago

    Thank you Victoria. Yes your answer was very helpful.

 
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