The more time I spend figuring out what a sound education is, the more appalled I am.
Thus it gave me great pleasure to discover, tonight, that other people, including other people who write for The Economist, don't know what the passive voice is.*
And that I, apparently, do.
For instance, I have no difficulty identifying the first two clauses as passive and the third as active:
- Prisoners were forced
- A prisoner was shot
- MI has instructed us to
I'm feeling better.
With that, I think I'll go learn some more algebra.
I'm on Lesson 69, Saxon Algebra 2.
update: department of corrections
Not passive TENSE
informal assessment: I can distinguish passive from active but I cannot read a Language Log post.
* gross exaggeration alert: this writer knows what passive tense is. but he's calling it passive voice. that's bad.