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Everybody drinks water.
Water is drunk by everybody.

Voice is agrammatical categorythat applies to verbs. Voice in English expresses the relationship of the subject to the action. Voice has two values:

  • active: the subject does the action
  • passive: the subject receives the action
Shakespeare wrote Hamlet.
Hamlet was written by Shakespeare.

Theactive voiceis the "normal" voice - the one that we use most of the time. In the active voice, theobjectreceives the action of the verb:

active subject verb object
Cats eat mice.

Thepassive voiceis less common. In the passive voice, thesubjectreceives the action of the verb:

passive subject verb object
Mice are eaten by cats.

See how theobjectof the active verb becomes thesubjectof the passive verb:

subject verb object
active Everybody drinks water.
passive Water is drunk by everybody.