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Don't bother with the grammar books. Here's the simplest definition of the active voice we've seen.

Definition of active voice

Active = Actor/s + Verb - in that order

Examples of active voice:

Vanessa (actor) arrived (verb) at 9am.
We (actors) met(verb) her at reception.

The actor or actors might not be human. If they are acting, they are actors.

The path (actor) led (verb) to the best view of the mountain.
Appendix one (actor) lists (verb) all the data.


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About Ralph Brown

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Ralph is our founder and managing director. He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph's passions are psychology and writing. He leads workshops on both and speaks to conferences on the psychology of thriving at work.

In 2011  Professional Speakers Australia awarded him its top speaking accreditation, the CSP.

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on psychology and writing. International research journals have published his articles reviewing the research on resilience.

Ralph enjoys trips to France. He lives in rural Canterbury.

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