# Can you help me identify the passive voice verbs and active voice verbs in these sentences?

## The tiny kitten wandered into the living room. That test is taken by many high school seniors. The dog dug a hole in the yard to bury its bone. Carol wrote a thank-you note to her grandmother. The black car was polished to a velvety sheen. Identify the sentence that is written in passive voice. The photographs had been taken by a friend of my grandfather's. Wispy clouds floated in a clear blue sky. Rust had ruined the little red wagon. A siren cut the night&#39;s silence.?

May 17, 2016

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#### Explanation:

$\textcolor{red}{\text{Active voice verbs in red.}}$
$\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{Passive voice verbs in blue.}}$

1. The tiny kitten $\textcolor{red}{\text{wandered}}$ into the living room.

2. That test $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{is taken}}$ by many high school seniors.

3. The dog $\textcolor{red}{\text{dug}}$ a hole in the yard to bury its bone.

4. Carol $\textcolor{red}{\text{wrote}}$ a thank-you note to her grandmother.

5. The black car $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{was polished}}$ to a velvety sheen.

6. $\textcolor{red}{\text{Identify}}$ the sentence that $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{is written}}$ in passive voice.

7. The photographs $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{had been taken}}$ by a friend of my grandfather's.

8. Wispy clouds$\textcolor{red}{\text{ floated}}$ in a clear blue sky.

9. Rust $\textcolor{red}{\text{had ruined}}$ the little red wagon.

10. A siren $\textcolor{red}{\text{cut}}$ the night's silence.?

Of these 6. is the trickiest. It has an implied subject of "You" and "You" are the one doing the "identify" verb action;

furthermore it contains a clause where the subject of the clause, "that" which is the thing that "is written" and not the thing doing the writing.