The Passive Voice
As speakers of English, we are able to construct sentences such as:
The decision about which sentence to use is governed by whether we want to focus on 'the Prime Minister' and what he or she did, or on 'the economic crisis' and what caused it. This choice in focus is achieved with the use of either the active or the passive voice.
When you want your readers to focus onyou can make the 'doer' the subject of the sentence and use the of the verb.
When you want readers to focus onyou can make the effect or the action the subject of the sentence and use the of the verb.
Click here to see how the use of the active and the passive voice contribute to formality in the model texts.
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