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Writing for Clarity
Passive voice produces a sentence in which the subject receives an action. In contrast, active voice produces a sentence in which the subject performs an action. Passive voice often produces unclear, wordy sentences, whereas active voice produces generally clearer, more concise sentences. To change a sentence from passive to active voice, determine who or what performs the action, and use that person or thing as the subject of the sentence. Passive voice: "On April 19, 1775, arms were seized at Concord, precipitating the American Revolution." Active voice: "On April 19, 1775, British soldiers seized arms at Concord, precipitating the American Revolution."
SOURCE: Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center