Definition of Active voice

1. Noun. The voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb. "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"

Exact synonyms: Active
Generic synonyms: Voice
Antonyms: Passive Voice

Definition of Active voice

1. Noun. (grammar) the form in which the subject of a verb carries out some action ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Active Voice

active principle
active prophylaxis
active psychoanalysis
active pyruvate
active repressor
active site
active splint
active succinate
active sulfate
active transport
active treatment
active trust
active vasoconstriction
active vasodilation
active vocabulary
active voice (current term)
active volcano
activist judge
activist judges
activist justice

Literary usage of Active voice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by George Martin Lane (1903)
"THE active voice. 1469. In the acti ye voice, the subject is represented as ... The object accusative of the active voice becomes the subject of the passive ..."

2. An Analytical and Practical Grammar of the English Language: Revised by Peter Bullions (1867)
"In the active voice, the subject of the verb acts—in the passive, ... By the active voice, we represent the subject as acting ; by the passive, ..."

3. The analytical Greek lexicon: consisting of an alphabetical arrangement of Samuel Bagster and Sons by Samuel Bagster and Sons (1870)
"The present subjunctive, after contraction, is the same as that of the indicative (as also in the active voice) ; because ас and aij are alike contracted in ..."

4. English Grammar for Common Schools by Robert Comfort Metcalf, Thomas Metcalf (1894)
"A verb is in the active voice when its subject names the doer of the action. ... (active voice.) The verb was strewn is in the passive voice because the ..."

5. First Lessons in Latin by Elisha Jones (1880)
"Personal Endings of the active voice and, Stem. A. & G. 28, I, a; 5,2; 27, 5 : A. & S. 147, 3 ; 150, 1,2: B. 64, a; 69 : B. & M. 333, active voice ; 274: G. ..."

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