Use Active Tense Instead of Passive Tense
for Dynamic Sentences
When writing fiction or nonfiction, such as college essays, writers should choose "active" verb tense and avoid "passive" verb tense. Active verb tense creates sentences with vibrancy and keeps a reader interested in the topic. On the other hand, passive verb tense reduces the liveliness of sentence action and may result in boring a reader.
The following examples show how passive sentences can become vibrant when the verb tense is changed from a passive tense to an active tense.
Passive: The student was given a book by his teacher.
Active: The teacher gave the student a book.
Passive: The project was completed by the team in December.
Active: The team completed the project in December.
Passive: The dress was delivered to my door by the courier this afternoon.
Active: The courier delivered the dress to my door this afternoon.