• The difference between the passive voice and the active voice is subtle in grammar, but profound in impact in speech.

    FORBES: From Bogart to Gingrich

  • The exchange also demonstrates the passive voice, the form of speech in which the doer of the action is not stated.

    FORBES: From Bogart to Gingrich

  • When it comes to the shootings in Alabama, they often employ the passive voice, as though Amy had no agency in the matter.

    NEWYORKER: A Loaded Gun

  • In his use of the passive voice, Mr. Gingrich shifted the responsibility for his inappropriate things—his extramarital affairs—away from himself and to his work.

    FORBES: From Bogart to Gingrich

  • It is not without faults: the passive voice, frowned on in the book, occurs eleven times just on page 16 of the fourth edition.

    NEWYORKER: The English Wars

  • Mr. Reagan, Mr. Clinton, Mr. Gonzales, Mr. Gingrich, and generations of politicians before and after them use the passive voice to protect their associates, their constituencies, and themselves.

    FORBES: From Bogart to Gingrich

  • He rarely accuses, preferring to talk about problems in the passive voice, as things that are amiss with us rather than as wrongs that have been perpetrated by them.

    NEWYORKER: The Conciliator

  • And by putting the gravest threat the US presently faces from the Middle East in the passive voice, he made clear that actually, the US isn't going to do anything about it.

    CENTERFORSECURITYPOLICY: Obama's abandonment of America

  • For such an outspoken voice for reform of corporate governance, Buffett was curiously passive about using his personal power to affect change.

    FORBES: Life After Buffett

  • The reality is that small touchscreen devices and voice recognition are better suited for searching, and due to the passive nature of TV viewing, I think people want to browse first and search second.

    ENGADGET: Editorial: What's wrong with TV, and what it might take to change it

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