Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Passive Voice

Definition: 

Passive voice is a voice that indicates that the subject is the patient or recipient of the action denoted by the verb.

Examples: 

(English)

Here is an example of a construction in passive voice:

  • The man was nudged by a passer-by.

The above example contrasts with the one below, which is in active voice:

  • A passer-by nudged the man.