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# Active Voice vs Passive Voice. Explain Difference?

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18 Jan 2012, 13:24
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Can someone please explain the difference between Active and Passive Voice?
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18 Jan 2012, 16:15
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Active voice is more concise than passive voice.
For example:
Active: I kissed that top model. (I wish! LOL)
Passive: That top model was kissed by me.
Notice that I have to use more words in the passive voice.

Also, sometimes passive voice is not clear about who is performing the action.
Active: I kissed that top model. (Who kissed? I did)
Passive: That top model was kissed. (Who kissed? I don't know!)

However, you must understand that passive voice is not wrong inmediately. You have to compare the other choices before eliminating a choice with passive voice. SC is relative. It depends on the other choices.

I suggest to read the MGMAT SC book. It is very helpful!
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18 Jan 2012, 17:49
That definitely was what I was looking for. Thank you and Kudos Given!
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19 Jan 2012, 00:26
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@gmatpunjabi,
though passive is not always wrong but certainly it is not the preferred option . moreover, in a sentence if every thing else is ok and parallel, consider making active parallel with active rather than passive.
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22 Jan 2012, 12:25
Thanks for the response. Do you have any examples of OG12 questions that include Passive Voice.

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23 Jan 2012, 23:51
@ gmatpunjabi,
kindly see option C and D in this thread.
before-scientists-learned-how-to-make-a-synthetic-growth-63779.html?fl=similar
also read Strategy 4 of egmat in the following link, its given in detail there:-
5-strategies-that-gmat-uses-to-distort-meaning-124296.html#p1011027
hope this helps.
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