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What is passive voice and how can I change it to active?

What is passive voice and how can I change it to active?

Passive voice is one of the most polarizing "bad writing habits" out there. Many self-proclaimed grammar snobs consider passive voice to be incorrect.

Here's the thing: passive voice isn't actually grammatically incorrect. That being said, it's often stylistically better to use active voice.

With active voice, the subject is performing the action of the verb.

Jamie read the book.

With passive voice, the subject is receiving the action of the verb.

The book was read by Jamie.

More about the passive voice:

What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

Passive Voice vs Active Voice: What's the Difference?

When You Actually Should Use Passive Voice