Hi friends, Do I have to use passive voice in the following context? Should it be “may change” or “may be changed”? 1) The deadline may change if other students don’t submit their assignments on time. 2) The deadline may be changes if other students don’t submit their assignments on time. Thanks in advance, Niwantha
Nov 7, 2021 11:01 AM
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Both ok. If I was telling my students I would probably say 'I might/may change the deadline...'
November 7, 2021
PASSIVE: The deadline may change if students . . . etc. ACTIVE: The administration may change the deadline if the students . . . . etc. Active voice is frequently recommended over passive voice. However in a case like this passive may be better. Passive voice is often used when the subject performing the action is either a large organization (government, company, etc.) and everyone already knows who it is.
November 8, 2021
Either would be understood. Of the two, I would prefer "The deadline may be changed...." The first sentence suggests the change might happen all on its own. However, language experts usually recommend the active voice, "I may change the deadline..." The active voice is when the person doing the action is the subject.
November 7, 2021
Hello! :) It's a curious question. My guess is that both are correct depending on who you are talking to. My preference is the first one. Let's see what other people say. Have a nice day :)
November 7, 2021
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