Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Learning English Grammar : Active and Passive Voice.

Assalamualaikum WBT,

Do you know what bothers me a lot when I learn English language?

Active and Passive Voice, even in Malay language, I really had trouble constructing these kind of sentences. I just do not know why. Really, yes. 

Now, as for to actually understand the Active and Passive Voice, I will try my best and also learn together about this monster. hahaha...

Look at these two sentences,

Somebody stole the jewels.

The jewels were stolen.

Which is active voice? Yes, the first is active voice that describes a sentence where the subject performs the action stated by the verb.  In passive voice sentences, the subject is acted upon by the verb.

In Active and Passive Voice, there rules that we need to obey, otherwise it will not in the active and passive voice. Before we go any further, bear in mind that, Active and Passive Voice is not as hard at it looks, in fact, it is easy to learn, okay? Now, we can actually separate the sentences.

 As for Active Voice, we usually had no problem recognising them because it is a straight forward sentence with not many things to be remembered. 

As for the Passive Voice, there are certain formulas that you really need to remember, I will list them here along with some examples.

1. Verb 'to be' + the Past Participle

Examples :
The book was written by Noam Chomsky.
The kid was made by my brother.

2. Simple Present Tense : is or are + the Past Participle

Examples :
Those pots are made out of clay.
Pearls are found in oysters.
The hall is swept every morning

3. Simple Past Tense : was or were + the Past Participle

Examples :
That house was built ten years ago.
Two children were killed in the accident.

4. Perfect Present Tense : has been or have been + the Past Participle

Examples :
Do not touch the door. It has just been painted.
You can have your books back. They have been marked already.

Now, all you need is to remember how the word form of Past Participle. There are different forms what you need to remember. You can find them through reading. Once you know the form then you can apply it in any sentence but remember, once you choose to write in Passive voice, everything in your writing must be passive voice. Usually, people would go with either one. It is all through reading you just can find these. Yes.

Now, you can search Active and Passive voice and do some exercises there. Pick good websites okay? It is okay for you open more then one website, it is for you own good. Do not afraid to make mistakes, hello, no on is perfect, okay?

Assalamualaikum WBT

p/s: keep reading. Read what ever you want, but make sure you read all the way, okay?

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