Thursday, April 30, 2009
The main difference between active and passive voice is the action the subject is more direct and upfront in an active construct.
Ex: John threw the ball to first base.
The passive voice construction uses the "being verbs" and the subject of the sentence is less noticeable, almost hidden from the reader.
Ex: The ball was thrown by John to first base.
The passive voice allows the writer to evade expressing concrete and sound thoughts which may be the author's purpose depending on the text.
The best advice is use active verbs to boldly and unequivocally express the idea so your reader can understand the point.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
No holds Bard — Jennifer Moody
Ms. Moody's article pays homage to the Bard as William Shakespeare is known. Check out the famous one-liners.
Most native speakers of English get some exposure to great poet and dramatist of Elizabethan England.
Besides the popular "Hamlet," "Macbeth," and "Othello," - some of his top tragedies - "Twelfth Night" has always fascinated.
Perhaps you'll agree.
The first line of the play is 'If music be the food of love, play on, play on!"
Also, another remarkable line is:
'Some are born great; some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.'
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Supreme Court Hears Case On English In Schools : NPR
"The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case testing what states must do to comply with the federal law requiring public schools to teach children to speak English."
Bilingual education is a polemic in the United States. Now, a court case before the US Supreme Court will weigh in on the issue.