01. He had a [passive] expression on his face, but I knew that he was extremely excited.
02. He is a very [passive] worker who doesn't really offer any new ideas.
03. The officer looked on [passively] as the soldiers raped the women of the village.
04. Was it fear of the government that made so many Germans sit by [passively] while the Nazis murdered the Jews?
05. So many children's games these days seem to be [passive] activities where they do nothing actually physical.
06. The little girl became [passive] and withdrawn after being abused by her uncle.
07. The mother, although she didn't hit her child, sat by [passively] as the father beat him.
08. Claude Bernard once said that observation is a [passive] science, and experimentation an active science.
09. Martin Luther King once said that he who [passively] accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
10. Max Weber conceived of democracy as entailing the formation of a political elite in competition for the votes of a largely [passive] electorate.
11. In our present school system, students have limited freedom and are taught to be [passive], and are in fact rewarded for exhibiting discipline, and subordinacy.
12. The accused murderer listened [passively] to the testimony of the witness as she described the attack on her friend.
13. Craig Kielburger has suggested that all the suffering and violence in the media have conditioned us to become [passive] bystanders.
14. Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of [passive] resistance was born when he was thrown off a train in South Africa.
15. Her [passivity] in the face of the abuse by her husband is probably due to the fact that she was abused by her father as well.
16. When studying for a test, it is important to review actively, not [passively].

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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