ACT English 2.3 Style
ACT English: Style Drill 2, Problem 3. How would you rephrase the sentence if at all?
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is better than "John was punched in the face by Bill."
"Given to me by my grandmother" is a convoluted way to get across the necessary idea, so we'll
nix choice (A).
While we're at it, we'll cross out choice (B) as well, since it contains the same passive
Neither (C) nor (D) is passive.
Both sentences are active, because they use "gave" instead of "given." However, (D) excludes
important information by leaving out the fact that Grandma gave the computer as a birthday
Therefore, we can kick (D) to the curb and crown (C) our winner. It's a dog-eat-dog-world,
and we can't be passive if we want to conquer the ACT.