passive voice

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  • "The ball was kicked by Fred." (as opposed to "Fred kicked the ball.")

passive voice

  1. (grammar) The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.
    The passive voice is sometimes criticized for de-emphasizing the actor. ["is ... criticized" is passive.]
    Many languages, including English, use auxiliary verbs in constructing the passive voice.
  2. (proscribed) Any construction that obscures the agent of an action, or the agency of said agent.

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