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Grammar Corner.



Active statements are regarded as the original statement made by a person.Active statement gives more importance to the doer (subject) of the action than the object in the sentence.And they are usually formed with: subject + verb + object

Examples are: The President commissioned the Empire State Building.

Johnny Depp acted in the movie ‘Pirates of the Carribbean’.


The passive statements are often time regarded as a reported statement.They are used when we don’t know the doer of the action,there is no doer of the action or when the fact is more important than the doer of the action with ‘by’ coming before the subject  in the sentence.The are Usually formed with: Object + was/were + past participle + by + subject.

Examples are: The Empire State Building was commissioned by the President.

The movie ‘Pirates of the Carribbean’…

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