OET Writing and Speaking engage a lot of passive sentences but you often use passive voice without knowing why!
- Why do we need passive sentences in a letter?
- When do we write in passive voice?
- How many sentences should be passive in a letter / while speaking?
How to Identify?
|The Doctor prescribed painkillers.||Painkillers were prescribed.|
|Ms Shrine consulted Dr Shah.||Dr Shah was consulted by Ms Shrine.|
|He commenced medication.||His medication was commenced.|
|The physiotherapist recommended three week’s exercise.||Three week’s exercise was recommended by the physiotherapist.|
|Will you remove the bandage?||Will the bandage be removed?|
Why do we need passive sentences in a letter?
Passive Voice is used in almost every kind of formal letters to render a “formal” look.
Active Voice: Casual Dress Style
Passive Voice: Formal Dress Style
When do we write in passive voice?
- When “by whom something is done” is not important.
- When “by whom something is done” is already understood.
|Three nurses and a doctor admitted Ms Gracy.||Ms Gracy was admitted.|
How many sentences should be passive in a letter / while speaking?
- Almost 50% sentences, that’s a good rule to follow!
Get ready to change the following sentences into passive and active.
- Her doctor diagnosed her.
- She commenced medication on Ibuprofen.
- The nurses shifted her to a ward.
- She recovered well.
- Mr Benjamin has undergone a total hip replacement due to osteoarthritis.
- We are managing him for high blood pressure.
- I would appreciate your taking over the care of Mr Joe.