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active voice in Culture

active voice definition

One of the two “voices” of verbs (see also passive voice). When the verb of a sentence is in the active voice, the subject is doing the acting, as in the sentence “Kevin hit the ball.” Kevin (the subject of the sentence) acts in relation to the ball.

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  • The active voice is that form of a transitive verb which makes the subject and the agent the same word.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • See manggi- for illustrations of the tense forms of the active voice.

  • When the subject is acting the verb is said to be in the active voice.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • When the sentence is written in this order, the verb is said to be in the active voice.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
  • We have regular declensions of verbs in both the active voice and the passive voice and their form is accordingly changed.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • The difference is simply the difference between the passive and the active voice.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • In the active voice the present and past tenses are formed with the particle naca, and the future and imperative with maca.

  • Participial adjectives and adverbs in the active voice govern the accusative.

  • Use each of the verbs in  105 in the active voice of the past tense with both a direct and an indirect object.

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