Active and passive sentences

I was learning about ACTIVE and PASSIVE sentences and came across this particular example. I know a sentence is said to be Active when the subject of the particular sentence performs the action. For example, “The hunter killed an antelope.” In the Passive form it will be “An antelope was killed by the hunter.” A … Read more

How do I say that one thing is another using active voice?

I’ve tried typing this question or variations of this question into Google to no avail, so I apologize if it has already been answered elsewhere. I’m trying to edit a paper for a class in which the instructor has written the following: I know that [to be verbs] CAN have the proper place, so don’t … Read more

Active to passive voice conversion for “He has money.”

The question is really simple, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to convert this sentence from active voice to passive voice, or at least to a natural-sounding paraphrase ‘depersonalised’ to the extent that the inanimate object becomes the subject. The sentence: He has money. I am able to convert other … Read more

“Focus on” or “be focused on”: what’re the nuances?

After viewing a couple of threads on the Internet, I found that both the legitimacy or the explanation of “focus on” (active voice form) and “be focused on” (passive voice form) seemed controversial. Some said they were the same (e.g. in this and this threads); some argued that the active case was preferable; some tried … Read more

usage of “X serves to Y”

I just saw a paragraph that started with this sentence: “This article serves to discuss native advertising with software engineers.” What is the justification for using “serves to” instead of just writing: “This article discusses native advertising…” Are there any cases in which X “serves to” Y cannot (or should not) be replaced by the … Read more