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Posted August 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM via web

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Help me with this sentence to become active: Beef Stroganoff whether it is cooked with rice, pasta, or potatoes, the writer has enjoyed this recipe for years.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM (Answer #1)

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The "voice" of a sentence (or clause) determines the relationship between subject and predicate. The term “active” refers to the “voice” of a sentence, and denotes that the subject of the sentence is the “do-er” or “actor” described.  In your sentence, “the writer” is the subject, and “has enjoyed” is the predicate; consequently, the sentence is already technically in the active voice.  But a stronger sentence might be: “The writer (of this recipe) has cooked and enjoyed Beef Stroganoff three ways: with rice, with potatoes, and with pasta.”  The passive voice looks like this: “Beef Stroganoff is cooked with potatoes, pasta, or rice, by me.”  Here, the subject (beef stroganoff) is acted upon (is cooked).  The voice of a sentence (or clause) determines the relationship between subject and predicate.   

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