Active (voice) – voix active


Let's Define It!

What's an *active* voice?

Active (vs. Passive) is part of the area of grammar referred to as voice (la voix).

When we use the active voice -- [voix active] -- we simply indicate that the grammatical subject performs the action of the verb.

The passive voice, meanwhile, shows that the grammatical subject is the one being affected by the action (more on this in the passive voice thread).


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

The sentences below are written in the active voice -- They all indicate that the grammatical subject [underlined in the sentence] carries out the action of the verb.

  1. John regarde un film. [John is watching a movie]
  2. Le tigre va capturer sa proie. [The tiger is going to capture its prey]
  3. Le vent a déraciné les arbres. The wind has uprooted trees.


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