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Active vs. passive

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Profit which is earned by a listed company on the stock exchange may be utilised in two different ways. Dividends may be paid to stockholders or the profit may be invested by the company. Both choices are related to each other and need to be based on what is called the dividend policy.


Identify the type of verb - active or passive - then check your answers.

  1. is earned
  2. may pay
  3. may reinvest
  4. are related

Active or passive? Which verb form would be correct in each sentence?

Select the correct verb from the drop-down box in each of the following sentences.

Comments appear below each.

  1. Management accountants the effects of rapid market changes.

  2. A range of information in order to make informed decisions.

  3. The decisions the findings in this report.

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