passive voice


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the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb

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from this action through the use of passive voice, the investigator
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Syntactic-semantic structure of the sentence: in the active voice, the subject is usually the agent, but it is the patient in the passive voice.
You know you are in the realm of the pseudo-apology when you encounter frequent use of the passive voice combined with the active assigning of blame elsewhere, away from oneself.
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The authors' addiction to the passive voice sometimes threatens to rob mill workers of the agency that they otherwise herald.
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The most important shortcoming is the rather excessive use of passive voice.
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