The passive voice sounds a little like Opera. How do you know when it's Opera? It's when a guy is stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings. The passive voice works the same way. Maybe it doesn't matter who did it. Or you truly don't know. Then, you definitely should be passive-aggressive. Um, I mean use an indirect manner of speaking; the passive voice.
You just spent two minutes reading this page. You still have three minutes. Try out this one minute quiz. You have to find an active sentence that you could use to translate the passive sentence into active voice. There are eight questions and you will be timed.
I will give you the answers to my Do you know? quiz The first one is a trick question. No new animals have been domesticated in over 4000 years. 2- Dynamite is made with peanut butter. 3. Scissors were invented by Leonardo Da Vinci. 4. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance. <http://www.funny.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Funny.woa/wa/funny?fn=CKE8H&Funny_Jokes=More_Interesting_Facts
For fun see if you can follow this passive rap song-This rap song is not *inscrutable.
Inscrutable: *hard to understand.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson on the passive voice. Please let me know if the lessons are too hard for you. Until next week, B-
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris
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