Passive Voice

Passive/Active Transformation

For each of the sentences below, first identify whether the sentence is in the active or passive voice. Then, transform the active sentences to passive and the passive sentences to active.

  • Each Fourth of July, the world hot dog eating championships is hosted by Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs in Coney Island, New York.
  • The contest features long and hugely exaggerated introductions.

  • In 2013, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set the world record when he ate 69 hot dogs during the ten-minute competition.
  • In fact, Chestnut won eight consecutive titles between 2008 and 2014.
  • In 2015 Chestnut was dethroned by Matt “Megatoad” Stoney, shocking the world.

  • At the 100th Anniversary of the event in 2016, Chestnut exacted revenge by crushing The Megatoad and breaking his own world record when he finished 70 hot dogs in ten minutes.

“The Case of the Passive Policies”

This is a slightly edited version of a passage from an old syllabus. Read the passage as it is now. Then, identify the sentences in the passive voice and change them to the active voice. When you’re done, read the passage again. How has the meaning/emphasis changed?

Policies

Due Dates: All drafts are due at the beginning of class on the announced due date. Drafts not submitted then will be considered late. Late assignments will result in the loss of two points per day on the subsequent portfolio assessment regardless of their reason for being late. Drafts more than five days late will not be accepted. Unless arrangements are made beforehand, you are expected to turn in all of your drafts in person. If you know you will not be able to turn in a draft on the announced due date, see me at least twenty-four hours before the draft is due. I will see about arranging an extension. Extensions will not be granted unless some work is completed.

Academic Honesty: Plagiarized work will receive at least a failing grade and may constitute failure for the semester. See the Departmental and Institutional Policy Sheet (enclosed) for more information.

Attendance/Participation: As the “Departmental and Institutional Policy Sheet” indicates, four absences are allowed over the course of the semester. If you miss a fifth class, do not return to class without seeing me. Because much of this class will be based upon discussion, your participation is taken very seriously. Two “free” absences will be allowed. Each absence after the second will result in a five-point deduction from your participation grade (see below).

I may “excuse” an absence under specific circumstances if you meet with me in my office prior to the class you will miss and provide verifiable documentation for the absence. If you will miss any classes for University-related commitments (such as athletic events), you must meet with me the first week of classes to notify me which class days you will be absent.

Each third time you are late for class will be calculated as an absence.

Format: All submitted drafts must be word processed, double spaced, and printed on one side of the paper only. Each draft should have one-inch margins, left justified and right ragged. Place your name, date and course and section number in the upper left hand corner. All drafts should have a nifty title.

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