Monday, March 1, 2010

James, Aaron, and Hugh's Group

7. Light penetration is reduced by sediment, and bottom dwelling organisms may be smothered by layers of sediment.

Sediment reduces light penetration, and layers of sediment may smother bottom-dwelling organisms.

10. Bottled water is purchased by many people.

Many people purchase bottled water.


Passive voice means the subject is acted upon or receives the action of the verb. The easiest way to recognize passive voice is to notice the presence of a be-verb, such as am, is, was, were, are, or been. Also, if a sentence includes a “by the…” phrase it is generally passive voice. However, you cannot just assume that simply because there is a “to be” in the sentence that it is passive. Using passive can make the meaning of your sentences confusing and it can force your sentences to become too wordy and very complicated.

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