Active voice is generally preferred because it uses fewer words and is more direct as it focuses on the action the subject is performing

Active Voice: Bill delivered the pizza. Passive Voice: The pizza was delivered by Bill.

There are times when it is appropriate to use passive voice. Use the passive voice to emphasize the receiver of an action rather than the performer of an action.

Passive Voice: Jay was given an award by the principal.

Use the passive voice to point out the receiver of an action whenever the performer is not important or not easily identified.

Passive Voice: The hazardous material was removed to another location. This package was left at our front door.

TENSE

ACTIVE VOICE

PASSIVE VOICE

singular

plural

singular

plural

Present

I see you see he/she/it sees

you see you see they see

I am seen you are seen he/she/it is seen

we are seen you are seen they are seen

Past

I saw you saw he saw

we saw you saw they saw

I was seen you were seen he was seen

we were seen you were seen they were seen

Future

I shall see you will see he will see

we shall see you will see they will see

I shall be seen you will be seen he will be seen

we shall be seen you will be seen they will be seen

Present Perfect

I have seen you have seen he has seen

we have seen you have seen they have seen

I have been seen you have been seen he has been seen

we have been seen you have been seen they have been seen

Past Perfect

I had seen you had seen he had seen

we had seen you had seen they had seen

I had been seen you had been seen he had been seen

we had been seen you had been seen they had been seen

Future Perfect

I shall have seen you will have seen he will have seen

we shall have seen you will have seen they will have seen

I shall have been seen you will have been seen he will have been seen

we shall have been seen you will have been seen they will have been seen

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