Well, I have a Master’s degree in English from San Diego State University, a credential, and 20 years’ experience teaching, so I don’t have problems with grammar or punctuation. I really learned it when I had to teach it! Now I teach English in Turkey, and it is sometimes a challenge to explain the strange English grammar to the Turks. Here is a photo of my Turkish students gathered around my old laptop. They look happy. I guess I taught them well 🙂
I write this on the board for my Turkish students to illustrate passive voice. They always laugh.
Passive voice: The cat was killed.
Active voice: I killed the cat.
I explain that the cat was my mother’s, and I didn’t want to admit that I accidently killed it when I ran over it with my car. Passive voice is great if you want to avoid taking the blame for something. It’s clever, like politicians.