Last post before Christmas. And a handy bit of advice from the English Grammar Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrammarUpdates) page via my sister. An easy way to identify the passive voice (where the object comes before the subject in the sentence, producing a slightly deadening construction) is to see whether you can add the words ‘by zombies’ after the verb. Thus:
- We attended the meeting (by zombies) – Active
- The meeting was attended (by zombies) by us. – Passive
- Zombies taught (by zombies) us about the passive voice.
- We were taught (by zombies) by zombies about the passive voice.
Next post on 6th Jan. See you in the New Year.