Use of passive
  • Passive voice is used when the focus is on the action. It is not important or not known, however, who or what is performing the action.
    • Example: My bike was stolen.
  • In the example above, the focus is on the fact that my bike was stolen. I do not know, however, who did it.
  • Sometimes a statement in passive is more polite than active voice, as the following example shows:
    • Example: A mistake was made.
  • In this case, I focus on the fact that a mistake was made, but I do not blame anyone (e.g. You have made a mistake).