Monday, October 22, 2012

Use the Active Voice


All About Verbs by Charlene Tess photo


Whenever possible, use verbs in the active voice. The passive voice is weak and uses unnecessary words. 

“A captain has been appointed by the team” 
is weaker than 
“The team has appointed a captain.”  

Sentences with verbs in the passive voice use "is, am, are, was, were, be, or been" as a helping verb with the past participle. Sentences in the passive voice often contain the preposition “by.”

Step 2 in SimpleSteps to Sentence Sense is all about finding the verb and the verb phrase.

Click here to watch a video explaining Step 2.


Once your students have learned to find the verb, I have a great lesson on using the verb correctly. Click here to see the All About Verbs product.

If your students master the use of the verb, they will become better writers.

All the best,

signature Charlene Tess photo