Passive voice to active voice

Sentences written in the active voice are easier to understand than sentences written in the passive voice. Switching the passive voice into the active voice is straightforward, but it requires a bit of practice. In the equivalency table below, notice that the tense of the verb to be in the passive voice is always the same as the tense of the main verb in the active voice. In order to use the active voice, you will have to make the subject of the action explicit.

To Keep, active and passive voices

Tense Active voice Passive voice Active sentence Passive equivalent
Simple present keep is kept I keep the butter in the fridge. The butter is kept in the fridge.
Present continuous is keeping is being kept John is keeping my house tidy. My house is being kept tidy.
Simple past kept was kept Mary kept her schedule meticulously. Mary's schedule was kept meticulously.
Past continuous was keeping was being kept The theater was keeping a seat for you. A seat we being kept for you.
Present perfect have kept have been kept I have kept all your old letters. All your old letters have been kept.
Past perfect had kept had been kept He had kept up his training regimen for a month. His training regimen had been kept up for a month.
Simple Future will keep will be kept Mark will keep the ficus. The ficus will be kept.
Conditional Present would keep would be kept If you told me, I would keep your secret. If you told me, your secret would be kept.
Conditional Past would have kept would have been kept I would have kept your bicycle here if you had left it with me. Your bicycle would have been kept here if you had left it with me.
Present Infinitive to keep to be kept She wants to keep the book. The book wants to be kept.
Perfect Infinitive to have kept to have been kept Judy was happy to have kept the puppy. The puppy was happy to have been kept.
Present Participle & Gerund keeping being kept I have a feeling that you may be keeping a secret. I have a feeling that a secret may be being kept.
Perfect Participle having kept having been kept Having kept the bird in a cage for so long, Jade wasn't sure it could survive in the wild. The bird, having been kept in a cage for so long, might not survive in the wild.


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