Assignment 4.1: Rewriting the passive voice

Purpose of the assignment

You will practice writing in the active and the passive voice.

Subject matter

  • Section 4.2.2 

Tasks

In assignment 1 in chapter 4 you were asked to assess the level of formality and difficulty in a text fragment on a certain medicine, and to rewrite this fragment in order to make it more accessible. Now you are asked to focus specifically on the active voice. 

  • Identify the passive voice sentences in this text fragment. 
  • Then rewrite these sentences in the active voice.
  • Discuss the effect that this rewrite has on the style of the text. Are there cases where the passive voice would be a better option? If so, why? If not, why not?