Hi guys, my current English teacher, whom I despise and hold no respect towards for a number of reasons, constantly critiques my writing (mostly essay writing, not any fiction or anything) as always being in passive voice. In terms of how I write my sentences, I think what he says is true. I have a general idea of the differences between the two, mainly that the active voice is more direct and generally more preferred in most cases. However, I'd like to have a clear and simple explanation of the two and how I can go about removing this life-long habit of writing in passive. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with passive voice, but I want to be able to distinguish between the two and also be able to write in both styles by choice, not just routinely writing in passive voice for everything. So, what is the difference between active and passive voice? How can I determine whether I am writing in the style of one or the other? How do I go about writing in active voice? In other words, what should I be thinking when I write sentences, so that I'm writing with an active voice?