# What is the best definition of a passive verb?

## A. With a passive verb, the subject receives the action. B. With a passive verb, the subject performs the action. C. With a passive verb, the action is slow-moving. D. Passive verbs indicate lazy subjects.

Mar 29, 2018

A

#### Explanation:

Sentences can be either passive or active. So what's the difference between the two?

• Active means that the subject is doing the action
• Passive means that the action is being done to the subject

Here are some basic sentences:

ACTIVE:
$\text{The}$ stackrel("subject")overbrace("dog") stackrel("action")overbrace("bit") $\text{the}$ stackrel("receiving the action")overbrace("man")

PASSIVE:
$\text{The}$ stackrel("subject")overbrace("man") stackrel("action")overbrace("was bitten") $\text{by the}$ stackrel("doing the action")overbrace("dog")

So, since you were asked to give the definition of a passive verb, we know that it must be A: "the subject receives the action".

If you want a more detailed explanation, go to this other answer that I wrote.