A swimming pool coach in Pune felt humiliated when, Ankit, one of his students blamed him (for not informing the students about the two days’ holidays in the swimming class due to the recycling of the water) saying “You should have informed us that the pool will remain closed for two days. You have wasted our time and efforts of coming to pool”. Just then some more students arrived at the pool. One of the students, Nitin, who was also the student of Speakwell English Speaking classes in Mumbai said the same thing with a difference. “Sir, we were not informed about the two days’ holidays for the swimming class. If we had been informed about the closing of the pool in advance, the time would have been utilized for some more productive work.”
The coach really appreciated his polite way. No wonder, Ankit also joined Speakwell English Academy when Nitin suggested him. Later, the coach came to know that Nitin had amazingly improved his English at Speakwell. He recommended Speakwell to many other students as well.
Ankit gave full credit to Speakwell for their marvellous approach of teaching.
Basically, at Speakwell we guide them when it is best to use the Active Voice or Passive Voice. We also give them formulae as follows,
Active Sentence = Subject/Doer + Verb + Object (here ‘Subject/Doer’ is the most important entity. So, it is kept in the first place)
e.g. The Prime Minister visited the families of the Martyrs.
Passive Sentence: Object + Verb + By Subject (here the ‘Subject/Doer’ on whom the action is done is given more importance)
e.g. Our new product was launched successfully on the scheduled date.
At Speakwell A Best Spoken English Classes in Pune, we have two books, Advanced Grammar Book and Translation Book, that clears the understanding and provides a lot of practice exercises on Active and Passive Voice. Students learn the concept of the class and next day they come with the translated sentences which are checked in the class. We also give more emphasis to make students aware of the practical usage, by playing certain games e.g. one team frames Active sentences & the other team converts them into Passive within specified time & then they switch the roles. The team which scores the highest points wins.
Moreover, we guide them that in which situations it is best to use Passive voice. For eg.
- When you want to tell about an action but don’t want to mention the subject (doer of the action) :e.g. ‘We were not informed’ rather than saying ‘You did not inform us’
- When we are unaware about the subject of the action: e.g. The car was parked in ‘No Parking’ zone (We don’t know who had parked.)
- When the subject is irrelevant: e.g. Streets have been decorated for Diwali (We are not interested in who has decorated.)
- When we want to speak politely and do not want to blame anyone e.g. ‘Responsibilities are not taken’ would be more appropriate than ‘Akshay’s team does not take responsibilities.’
Students just need to practice these techniques more and more in their lives to be able to feel comfortable switching between Active and Passive voice. Speakwell gives them all the adequate knowledge and practice required to make this possible.
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