Voice help

Pos   Mon May 14, 2007 10:49 am GMT
Is this sentence active or passive?

"New West Bank Shooting Mars Truce"
furrykef   Mon May 14, 2007 11:11 am GMT
A sentence cannot be in the passive voice unless the main verb is in the past participle. The passive form of this would be: "Truce marred by new West Bank shooting."

Or, if it were a complete, grammatical sentence: "The truce was marred by the new West Bank shooting."

The passive voice is always "be + past participle" (or, in colloquial speech, "get + past participle", such as "I got hit by a ball"), but headlines will generally omit the "be", because it's understood from context.

- Kef