Passive Voice in Everyday Speech

Reply Mon 29 Jul, 2013 04:49 pm
I am currently having trouble distinguishing passive from active voice.
Below are some examples I provided and what my best educated guess is for them.
1). It was really stupid. (active)
2). Maybe next time, we'll have fun. (passive)
3). The cars were parked in a large parking garage. (passive)
Any feedback on my examples and/or any other examples would be great to help me understand!!
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Reply Mon 29 Jul, 2013 05:14 pm
#2 is active (the other two you have correct).

In #2 the sentence is about "We" and the verb is "having fun". It is "We" who are doing the "having fun". So this is an active voice.

In #3 the sentence is about "The cars" and the verb is "parking". But it isn't the cars that are doing the "parking", some other unmentioned person is doing the action of parking, the cars are just passively being parked. So #3 is passive voice.

If course, in #1 the sentence is about "I" and the verb is "being stupid", this is active voice because it is "I" who am actively being stupid.

Reply Mon 29 Jul, 2013 05:22 pm
Thanks for your explanation, helped out greatly:)
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Reply Tue 30 Jul, 2013 02:31 pm
Also, sentence number 1 is referring to "it", not "I". I do not believe that it makes a difference anyway.
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