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  • expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb
    • academics seem to favor passive sentences
  • peacefully resistant in response to injustice
    • passive resistance
  • lacking in energy or will
    • Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself- George Meredith
  • the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb
    • `The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice
    • `The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive
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