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1. A waitress perished in the cold near her home.

2. That was the night that he was driving to work and suffered a tragic car accident.


What is the difference between using passive voice and writing in the past tense? The first example is a newspaper headline but what is difference?

Why is using passive voice often wrong?

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panda blue 4831. A waitress perished in the cold near her home.
2. That was the night that he was driving to work and suffered a tragic car accident. What is the difference between using passive voice and writing in the past tense?

Voice and tense are separate properties of a verb that can exist in any combination (subject to the verb supporting it). It does not make much sense to ask what is the difference between them. It is a bit like asking what is the difference between "green" and "heavy". In your sentences, "perished" and "suffered" are both active voice, simple past tense.

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panda blue 483Why is using passive voice often wrong?

It's not wrong as often as you may think, but it doesn't sound good if you know who performed an action and you put that information in a by-phrase at the end of a sentence (as you do in a passive voice construction). It's almost always easier on the reader if you put the agent of an action at the beginning of a sentence as the subject. Consider using the passive when you don't know the agent or when the agent is vague (someone, people in general, etc.).

CJ