Changing Passive Verbs to Active

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Your business writing probably contains many passive verbs. Changing them to active verbs is one of the best and easiest ways to make your business writing more effective.

The acid test is whether or not the grammatical SUBJECT of the sentence is also the ACTOR in the story the sentence tells. Here’s an example to show you what I mean:

PASSIVE — The ball was thrown over the fence by the boy. The boy is the actor, but the ball is the grammatical subject of the sentence. So the verb is passive.

ACTIVE — The boy threw the ball over the fence. The boy is now both the actor in the story and the grammatical subject of the sentence. So the verb is active.

Active verbs are the mark of a skilled writer. Active verbs grab the reader’s attention. They make your communications more interesting and involving. They normally reduce the word count, so the copy is easier to read.

Watch the tutorial, which gives two examples of changing passive verbs to active. Thank you again for visiting.


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