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There are two voices in English, the active voice and the passive voice: 
Active Voice
Passive Voice
[1] Paul congratulated David [2] David was congratulated by Paul

Passive constructions are formed using the PASSIVE AUXILIARY be, and the main verb has an -ed inflection. In active constructions, there is no passive auxiliary, though other auxiliaries may occur: 

      Paul is congratulating David
      Paul will congratulate David 
      Paul has congratulated David 

All of these examples are active constructions, since they contain no passive auxiliary. Notice that in the first example (Paul is congratulating David), the auxiliary is the progressive auxiliary, not the passive auxiliary. We know this because the main verb congratulate has an -ing inflection, not an -ed inflection.

In the passive construction in [2], we refer to Paul as the AGENT. This is the one who performs the action of congratulating David. Sometimes no agent is specified:

      David was congratulated 

We refer to this as an AGENTLESS PASSIVE

Are the following constructions active or passive?

1. Jane decided to cancel the party Active
2. The lecturer was impressed by your essay Active
3. Your horse is walking on our lawn Active
4. The top floor was destroyed Active
5. The pills should be taken twice a day Active





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