- Active voice: Jane chose the furniture.
- Passive voice: The furniture was chosen by Jane.
The distinction only applies where the verb is transitive, since only a transitive verb comes with an object.p1094 For example: We enjoyed the trip is transitive and in active voice. The trip was enjoyed by us is transitive and in passive voice. She hurried home is not transitive and so has no voice. But if she hurried the children home, that's transitive and active voice.
- McArthur, Tom (ed) 1992. The Oxford companion to the English language. Oxford University Press.
- William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style (New York: Macmillan Publishing co., Inc; London: Collier Macmillan Publishers, 1979), pp. 18–19