active voice

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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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active voice

noun
the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "'The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice" [ant: passive
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