Voice is the term used to describe whether a verb is active or passive.
In a passive sentence, the verb is said to be in the passive voice. Similarly, the verb in an active sentence is said to be in the active voice.
The voice of a verb tells us whether the subject of the verb is acted upon or is acting.
What Is the Active Voice?If the subject is performing the action, then the verb is said to be in the active voice. Look at this:
What Is the Passive Voice?If the subject is having the action done to it, then the verb is said to be in the passive voice. Look at this:
When To Use the Active and Passive VoiceHow do you decide when to use the active voice and when to use passive voice? Well, both are grammatically correct. However, the emphasis of the subject and object changes. Below is a list of advantages for both which will help to guide your decision.
Advantages of the active voice:
What are verbs?
What is the subject of a sentence?
What is the object of a sentence?
What is the active voice?
What is the passive voice?
What is an active sentence?
What is a passive sentence?
USE BOTH IN YOUR WRITING
You should use both the active voice and the passive voice in your writing to control the flow of text and to stress the most important parts of your sentences. Look at these sentences written in active voice:
Grammar checkers will often highlight passive sentences like they're errors.
This happens because they were written for the business environment, where bosses often demand clear, direct language. However, there are advantages to the passive voice too, so don't be bullied by your grammar checker. If you like your passive sentence, ignore your grammar checker.