Passive Voice

What Is Passive Voice? (with Examples)

A verb is said to be in the passive voice when its subject does not perform the action of the verb. In fact, the action is performed on the subject.

Look at this example of the passive voice:

Here's another example of the passive voice:

Passive voice is a quality of a verb that describes when the subject of a sentence is acted upon by the verb. When the opposite is true (i.e., the subject of the sentence is acting out the verb), it is said to be in active voice.

Comparing the Passive Voice and Active Voice

To identify verbs in the passive voice, you must identify the subject and then determine that it is being acted upon.

Compare these examples of the passive voice and active voice (verbs in the passive verbs shaded):