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40 . The Simple Stuff . . . or Those Boring Basics
Get Wise! Mastering Grammar Skills
VOICE AND MOOD
Okay, am I missing something? Verbs are
just words, right? How can they have a
voice and a mood? That's just what I
need, a moody verb! Although . . . that
sounds kind of cool.
Voice and mood are easy concepts to master, even though they
sound somewhat strange.
There are two kinds of voice:
And there are three kinds of mood:
Active and Passive Voice
The active voice of a verb indicates an act that the subject performs.
In the sentence above, Jackie is performing the action of
purchasing. The active voice of a verb is usually preferable in
it is the most direct way of saying stuff.
The passive voice of a verb is used when something is done to
the subject, as opposed to the subject performing the action.
07/09/2002, 11:13 AM