Writing

Guide to Active vs. Passive Voice With Examples

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 28, 2021 • 3 min read

It’s an admonition that’s been uttered by everyone from high school English teachers to newspaper editors to renowned writing instructors: use the active voice over the passive voice. Another way of saying this is “make sure your subjects are performing an action rather than having an action performed on them.” But is active voice always superior to the passive voice? It isn’t quite so simple.