I found a “new to me site,” Paper Rater, on Friday and I finally understand the difference between a passive sentence and an active sentence.
Paper Rater gives free stats on word choice, grammar, and spelling. I really enjoy using this free site. Unfortunately, I discovered that I have a lot more work to do if I want my writing to improve. I need to retrain myself. Thanks to Paper Rater, I discovered that I usually write in a passive voice. Not good!
Active sentence: subject/verb/object
Ex: Passive sentences bore people.
Passive sentence: Object/verb/subject
Ex: People are bored by passive sentences.
Passive words: is/am/are/was/were/being/been
I don’t know if I can eliminate all of them from my WIP, but I certainly need to get rid of most of them. As it stands, I have a passive mess. Bah!
PS I wrote this short
boring post in an active voice, proving that I can learn new things! 😉 LOL