How to use the passive voice to AVOID BLAMING SOMEONE in English!

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I have a quick and helpful English speaking tip to share with you. It’s about using the passive voice. Does it sound too unnecessary or scary? Well, believe it or not, this is super practical when we want to avoid blaming others in certain situations where the blame may be inappropriate (like politics). We can also use this tone of voice if our goal isn’t clear-cut enough for us yet so that no one feels like they’re being unfairly targeted, But most importantly. The passives help make conversations smoother socially AND diplomatically.

Use the passive voice.

Many people don’t know how to use the passive voice. The Passive Voice is often used when we want something that was done but is not sure who did it or what their subject of interest in this sentence would be – “someone” could become an accusative case, so we’ll have a clear indication as well at Who committed this crime?”. You can also say “‘The Crime’ has been committed,” which makes no assumptions about whether there were actors present and leaves room for others involved too!


Using passives in news reporting allows writers to use them either because they feel like it’s necessary (like journalistic accuracy) or if somebody else fills us informational gaps without promising absolute truthfulness–you never know 100% whether something reported is accurate.


As you can see, by using the passive voice we avoid blaming someone when speaking in English. Now it is your turn to create some examples of your own!  If learning English in a fluent, natural, and fun way sounds interesting please visit GonaturalEnglish’s Course Pre-Registration – where we offer tips about improving one’s language skills through natural means like watching movies in English without subtitles and reading books written entirely in English!

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