Active and Passive Voice

In the active voice, the subject of the sentence is performing the action of the verb.

Active
Voice
The shark devoured the baby seal.
Godzilla demolished the ACT testing center.
Five beautiful women chased Bernie along the beach

In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is receiving the action of the verb.

Passive Voice
The baby seal was devoured by the shark.
The ACT testing center was demolished by Godzilla.
Bernie was chased along the beach by five beautiful women.

It doesn’t take long to see that the active voice is cool and the passive voice is lame.

Sometimes standardized tests like the ACT will throw a sentence at you that has no errors, but it is in passive voice. The correct answer choice will often be the active voice alternative.

Use the quiz below to practice recognizing and eliminating the passive voice.

Active and Passive Voice Quiz

Select the answer choice which changes the underlined verb from passive to active voice.
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