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What Is an Active Sentence? (with Examples)

In an active sentence, the subject performs the action of the verb.

An active sentence is the opposite of a passive sentence. Examples: Compare this to a passive version:

More Examples of Active Sentences

Here are some more examples of active sentences: Here are some interactive examples:

As you can see from the last two interactive examples above, passive sentences can be useful to avoid blame. This page lists other times when passive sentences might be useful.

Many companies do not like their staff to write using passive sentences. Therefore, a number of grammar checkers will often suggest an active version of your passive sentence. However, if you prefer the passive version, stick with it.

Passive sentences can be useful.


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What is active voice? What is passive voice? What is a passive sentence? What voice should I use? What are verbs? What is the subject of a sentence? Glossary of grammatical terms