Do transitive active and transitive passive sentences both have a receiver of the action?

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Feb 5, 2017

Answer:

Yes. See examples below.

Explanation:

A transitive verb is a verb which takes an object (=the receiver of the action), so in the active voice sentence the object is the receiver.

A change to passive voice changes the receiver from the object to the subject of the sentence.

Example:

Active voice

The boy fed the dog.

In this sentence the boy is the doer (=subject), while the dog is the receiver (=object)

In Passive Voice we can wrte it as:

The dog was fed by the boy.

Here the object of the action - the dog is the subject of the sentence, while the doer is added in a "by" clause. He could also be omitted. Sentence The dog was fed is also correct and does not inform about the doer (It does not say who fed the dog)