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Teacher Notes:

How to identify the passive voice:  If you can add the words 'by zombies' after the verb, then it is in the passive voice.

John was eaten by zombies. 

This is in the passive voice because the zombies are performing the action in the sentence.  When writing in the passive voice, the actor comes after the action.  People who write like this sound like goddamn textbooks.  It’s boring because it takes the emphasis off of the action.

When you put it into the active voice it becomes:

The zombies ate John.

This makes for a more exciting sentence!

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  4. wildchildenchanted said: This is an excellent example. I’m going to steal this little test. Hope you don’t mind!
  5. heymissat said: Umm. I am using this on Wednesday when I teach this! Thanks, yo!
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