WEEK 9 – Active and Passive Writing Test

Well I found this technical task a bit challenging. I thought I had sound knowledge of the differences between active and passive voice, therefore felt fairly confident before beginning the test.

Naturally we use active voice and as Whitaker (et al 2012) suggests the active voice is the ‘subject doing the action’ and the passive voice is the ‘action being done to the subject’. However, much to my dismay, my answers did not correctly match the answers given word for word but they were very close and to me they still had the same meaning.

I am still not sure whether all my answers are actually incorrect because after reading chapter five – basics of writing and editing in the textbook and the examples given on the Business Writing website, I thought I had applied the suggested guidelines.

Well, it seems this test has made me aware of my weaknesses, therefore, it seems I need to practice in this area to fully understand these differences.


Business Writing Center, 1997, ‘Passive and Active Voice’, viewed 21 September 2015 http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm

Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print, broadcast, and public relations, 4th edn., Routlage, New York.


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