passive voice

See also: passive-voice

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Examples
  • "The ball was kicked by Fred." (as opposed to "Fred kicked the ball.")

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passive voice (usually uncountable, plural passive voices)

  1. (grammar) The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.
    The passive voice is sometimes criticized for de-emphasizing the actor. ["is ... criticized" is passive.]
    Many languages, including English, use auxiliary verbs in constructing the passive voice.

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