OET Writing Active or Passive Forms What Is Recommended

Whether to use an active form or a passive form in the OET writing sub test is a big question? Of course, there are no fixed rules. But, still it is always recommended that you should make use of passive forms in your OET writing (wherever required). 

Check out a few examples:

Active: Dr. Andrew referred his patient to a consultant. 

Passive: The patient was referred to a consultant by Dr. Andrew

Of course, sometimes, we do not mention the subject in a passive sentence. 

For example: 

Active: The team has finally detected the cause of this outbreak of dysentery.

Passive: The cause of this outbreak of dysentery has finally been detected. .

Use of Passive Forms In OET writing sub-test

It is always good that you should make use of the passive forms wherever necessary in order to present the information in the correct way.

Use of passive forms is very common medical writing. And the OET writing test is based on the real work settings. So, it is important that you should make use of passive forms in a proper way. 

Some of the examples of conversion of active forms into passive forms are given below:

Active: The staff nurse noted a rise in the patient's pulse rate.
Passive: A rise in the patient’s pulse rate is noted (by the staff nurse).

Active: The Surgeon is allowing her to watch the operation.
Passive: She is being allowed to watch the operation by the surgeon or She is being allowed by the surgeon to watch the operation. 

Active: The doctor gave the patient an unpleasant mixture to drink.
Passive: The patient was given an unpleasant mixture to drink (by the doctor).

Active: All druggists sell these medicines. 
Passive: These medicines are sold by all the druggists. 

Active: The patient cannot take the tablet orally.
Passive: The tablet cannot be taken orally (by the patient). 
Active: Toxic fumes poisoned five workers at the site. 
Passive: Five workers at the site were poisoned by toxic fumes.

Active: The team of doctors is analyzing the rise in cases of whooping cough.
Passive: The rise in cases of whooping cough is being analyzed by the team of doctors.

Active: The gland is producing excess of hormones.
Passive: An excess of hormones is being produced by the gland.

Active: The caretaker looked after the patient very well in the center. 
Passive: The patient was very well looked after in hospital (by the caretaker). 

Active: The doctor examined the tissue under the microscope.
Passive: The tissue was examined under the microscope (by the doctor). 

Active: The team of doctors diagnosed appendicitis.
Passive: Appendicitis was diagnosed by the team of doctors.
Active: The team of nurses comforted the injured person until the ambulance arrived.
Passive: The injured person was comforted by the team of nurses until the ambulance arrived.

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