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Academic Writing
The Passive Voice

Using the passive voice to change the focus of the sentence

Notice how the focus changes from the 'doers' to 'the action' or to 'other participants' in the sentence when the passive voice is used; for example:

Active: Nursing staff observed the handwashing practices of staff during rostered shifts.

Passive: The handwashing practices of staff were observed by nursing staff during rostered shifts.

Restructure these sentences into the passive form. Click and drag the options provided to form your passive sentence. There are more options provided than you will need in order to properly construct your sentences.


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