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    [ask] Why do we use passive sentences?

    sometimes, we dont use active sentence in giving statements to our listener or reader. if we do not use the active construction, it means that we are using the passive voice.

    some examples are given here:
    - om bravo's balls are stolen
    - om cadel is kidnapped

    so, based on the examples, why do you think we use passive construction in our communication?
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    There are so many reasons why do we use passive voice. For example, you just want to say that om bravo's ball was stolen, but you don't want to say who did it. Or who did it is irrelevant.

    Or maybe, you'd want to emphasize who was being kidnapped instead of telling us who's the kidnapper. e.g "cadel was kidnapped by feifei" vs "feifei kidnapped cadel". Note on my second example, you can see that the emphasize was on "feifei" rather that "cadel".

    I learned not to use passive voice whenever I do my academic writing.
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    I Think Om Feifei stolen Om Bravo Balls...

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    Which balls are we talking about again? :|
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    hmmm ... om bravo have balls ?


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    No need to use if we can play with the wolds
    Fol example
    1. I called my fliends = I alleady call my friend
    2. I was in Bali in 2007 = I alleady in Bali in 2007

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    Guys...
    Sorry,... from right now, please use a right alphabet just for Speaking English.
    Coz if we change the alphabets, that will change the meaning of words...
    We here for learning english right...???
    Thank you very much....

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    Re: [ask] Why do we use passive sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by feifei View Post
    There are so many reasons why do we use passive voice. For example, you just want to say that om bravo's ball was stolen, but you don't want to say who did it. Or who did it is irrelevant.

    Or maybe, you'd want to emphasize who was being kidnapped instead of telling us who's the kidnapper. e.g "cadel was kidnapped by feifei" vs "feifei kidnapped cadel". Note on my second example, you can see that the emphasize was on "feifei" rather that "cadel".

    I learned not to use passive voice whenever I do my academic writing.
    are u sure u cant use passive sentences in the academic writing? sometime without u realise it, u use the passive. the passive construction is needed when we want to emphasise on the action/activity not the doer. look at my previous sentence, it uses passive right?

    so, i think there is no restriction that passive is forbidden in the academic writing. sometimes, we really need passive to emphasise the action.
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    Re: [ask] Why do we use passive sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadel View Post
    No need to use if we can play with the wolds
    Fol example
    1. I called my fliends = I alleady call my friend
    2. I was in Bali in 2007 = I alleady in Bali in 2007
    How is this passive voice, cadel-kun?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamilton View Post
    are u sure u cant use passive sentences in the academic writing? sometime without u realise it, u use the passive. the passive construction is needed when we want to emphasise on the action/activity not the doer. look at my previous sentence, it uses passive right?

    so, i think there is no restriction that passive is forbidden in the academic writing. sometimes, we really need passive to emphasise the action.
    It's not that we can't completely use it, but it is better to avoid it - sometimes it is necessary to use passive voice for the reason you've told, but passive sentences can get you into trouble in academic writing because they can be vague about who is responsible for the action. If you've written an academic writing before, you'd know that every sentences - every subjects has to be clear.
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    Re: [ask] Why do we use passive sentences?

    Hmm... Some reasons that bro feifei said above was right, In academic writing it is true, we need to avoid it, however, we could use it to mention something (tools or instrument) or someone, for the example St Paul's Cathedral was built by Sir Crhistoper Wren and He was killed with a knive. We could use this form as a variation in the academic writing, but, use it carefully. We can use it in the complex sentence too. For example, Bohemian palace, the most famous building in the Antah Berantah nation, was built around 18th century. For me, you can use it, especially when we do know exactly who built it. It will be better than someone built it around the 18th century. CMIIW
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