Active and Passive Voice
The correct use of active and passive sentences is often a confusing
issue, particularly when you find yourself writing a range of pieces for
As a general rule, active sentences are best used in casual writing,
where an emphasis on ownership and action can add a sense of liveliness
to a passage.
Alternately, the passive voice is more attuned to formal or technical
documents, as it adds a professional and impersonal aspect to the writing.
Use the Flash movie below to help you understand the components of active
and passive sentences and see the transformation from one to the other.