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2 & 4 are sentences use passive appropriately, and the other two should be changed to active.

In my opinion, 2&4 need use passive tense and the others should use active tense.

The first sentence should be changed.

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The number of marriages decreased between 1999 and 2009.

The figure for residents with no children has increased this year.

Suggested reading on the PASSIVE vs. ACTIVE voice: http://writing.umn.edu/sws/quicktips/style_grammar/activepassive.htm

In my opinion, 1 and 4 sentences'd be changed.

2 and 4 sentences used passive appropriately.
1 and 3 sentences should be change to active.

Here is my suggestions:

1. The number of marriages decreased between 1999 and 2009.

3. The number of residents with no children increased this year.

i think 2&4

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I think it is 3&4.

1 & 3 Should be changed active...

In statements 2&4, the passive form of the verbs were used correctly, while the verbs in sentences 1&3 should be converted into active form.

Here are my revised sentences for 1&3 with the active forms of the verb:

1) The number of marriages decreased between 1999 and 2009.

3) The figure for residents with no children increased this year.

Hi,

This was such a good exercise for the upcoming IELTS exam. By the way, on my own opinion, 1 and 4 sentences must be changed. TheIELTSSolution.com

Thank you.

Hi simon,
I think 2&4 are correct.The first one should be changed.
But I am not sure about the third one, it seems wrong.

FROM SIMON:

1 and 3 need to be changed:

1. The number of marriages decreased between 1999 and 2009. (not 'was decreased')

3. The figure for residents with no children has increased this year. (not 'has been increased')

The passive is used correctly in sentences 2 and 4 because they describe steps in a process.

Thanks Simon
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1 & 3 should be changed to active

Hi Simon,
Is it OK to use the singular form of the verb (was) or is the plural form (were) better (or both are possible) with 'the number of ....' in the 1-st se?
Thank you

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