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Teacher Tips and Answers

Choosing Active Verbs


For clear and energetic writing, choose active verbs. A verb is active when the subject of the sentence performs the action.

A pastry chef stirs dough.

      (The subject, pastry chef, is doing the action of the verb, stirs.)

A verb is passive when the subject of the sentence receives the action.

Dough is stirred by the pastry chef.

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