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The Ninth Edition: The Voice


The Nuances of Language: Editor’s Edition


Some of you might wonder (especially those who watch the show) if the title is indeed about the popular singing competition on TV. Let me make it clear that it is not the case. There is, surprisingly, a substantial and very impactful part of the English language name the voice. 


It is not about how people say their words or how they sound in their conversations. Instead, it is about how well you phrase your sentences, how concise you are with your writing, and how well you prevent the entanglement of prepositional phrases.


In English, there are two types of voice. The active and the passive voice. 


The Difference between Active Voice and Passive Voice


There is only one difference between a sentence written in the active voice compared to one written in the passive voice. The subject performs the action in a sentence written in the active voice. Meanwhile, a sentence is written in the passive voice when the subject receives the action.


Active: The subject performs the action in a sentence written in the active voice.


Passive: The action is performed by the subject in a sentence written in the passive voice.



Active: Experts and medical professionals predicted earlier the deep-reaching effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.


Passive: The deep-reaching effects of the Coronavirus outbreak were predicted earlier by experts and medical professionals.



Active: The jester performed a comedy show in front of the king.


Passive: A comedy show was performed by the jester in front of the king.



In writing, it is always recommended that we adhere to the rule of having our sentences written in the active voice. To do this, we just have to convert sentences in the passive voice into the active voice. Here’s how:


A sentence written in the passive voice usually has the word “by” before the subject of the sentence (like in the examples given above). You can convert that sentence into the active voice by rewriting it so that we remove the word “by.”


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