THE PASSIVE VOICE

A passive construction occurs when you make the object of an action into the subject of a sentence. Active Voice = Zombies chased her. Passive Voice = She was chased [by zombies]. Many passive sentences include the actor at the end of the sentence in a “by” phrase, like “The Read more…

ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE

ACTIVE VOICE: the subject of the sentence performs the action of the verb. PASSIVE VOICE:  the subject is acted upon; the subject receives the action of the verb. This can often be identified with the phrase “by the…” but the passive voice can also be used without that phrase. ex: A bus hit a tree. Read more…

WHO’S and WHOSE

WHO’S: a contraction linking the words “who is” or “who has.” (Who’s wearing green today?) (Who’s been a good girl?) WHOSE:  the possessive form of who.  (Whose book is this?) (Is he the one whose tie matches mine today?) TIP: if you aren’t sure which one to use, substitute “who is” in the Read more…