In an active voice construction, the subject is performing the action. In a passive voice construction, the subject is being acted upon. Although some students believe they should never use the passive voice, there are circumstances in which it is the most appropriate choice.

Overview

Video - This useful UWC-produced resource explores a number of style features in academic writing, including (at 3:40) how to tell the difference between active and passive voice, and when to use each. 

When is it appropriate to use passive voice?

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