Friday, November 12, 2010

Voice, Part 6: Changing Passive to Active, Method 1

You have several ways of changing a passive construction to an active one. The first and most common method is to place the doer before the action. Examples:

Passive: Pratash was rewarded by Microsoft for his exceptional service.

Active: Microsoft rewarded Pratash for his exceptional service.

Passive: Jason was called during the night. (Here the doer is hidden.)

Active: Jason’s manager called him during the night. (The doer is now revealed.)