Active vs. Passive Voice
- Active Voice: Here, the subject performs the action. The pattern is straightforward – Subject + Verb + Object. For instance, "The cat (subject) chased (verb) the mouse (object)."
- Passive Voice: In passive voice, the subject is acted upon by the verb. The pattern reverses – Subject + Be + Past Participle + (by + Agent). For example, "The mouse (subject) was chased (verb) by the cat (agent)."
The choice between active and passive voice depends on what the speaker wants to emphasize – the action performer or the action receiver.
Active and Passive Voice with Metkagram
Metkagram, helps to visually deconstruct sentences, highlighting the roles of subjects, verbs, and objects. This feature is incredibly helpful when trying to understand active and passive voice.
- "The dog (S) buried (/) the bone."*(This is an active sentence. The dog, the subject, performs the action of burying.)
- "The bone (S) was buried (/) by the dog." *(This is a passive sentence. The bone, the subject, is being acted upon.)
Active and passive voice are two sides of the same coin in English language grammar. Each has its place and purpose. Using Metkagram, you can explore this in an interactive, engaging way. Remember, there's no rush – take your time, learn at your own pace, and have fun along the way!