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Find the sentence with the active voice.

A.  It was voted by the legislature to pass.

B.  I was told by the chairman that the bill was passed by the legislature.

C.  The bill was passed by the legislature.

D.  The chairman told me that the legislature passed the bill.

Hi Brittany,

Sorry about the long delay.

The answer is D. All of the other sentences contain the word "was" which is typically past-tense and passive in nature. Although the word "told" is also past tense, it is direct in nature and means that it happened to you personally.

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