Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: adjective

Definitions: (adjective) A passive clause has the natural object as its subject. (adjective) If someone or something is passive, they do not normally respond or take action.

Examples: (adjective) While “she found me” is an active clause, “I was found (by her)” is passive. (adjective) After his injury, he was forced to play a more passive role on the team. (adjective) Watching TV is a much more passive activity than reading.

Synonyms: adjectives: static, inactive.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 9 C

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