Middle voice


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middle voice

The so-called middle voice is an approximate type of grammatical voice in which the subject both performs and receives the action expressed by the verb. In other words, the subject acts as both the agent and the receiver (i.e., the direct object) of the action.
Middle-voice verbs follow the same syntactic structure as in the active voice (agent + verb), but function semantically as passive-voice verbs. As a result, the middle voice is described as a combination of the active and passive voices.
Because there is no verb form exclusive to the middle voice, it is often categorized as the active voice since it uses the same verb structure in a sentence.
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-- middle voice, mixed action of the vocalis and head voice musculature;
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WNO's music director, Lothar Koenigs, will conduct the concert which will feature mezzo soprano Michelle Breedt perform in Alma Mahler's Four Songs for Middle Voice and in Alexander Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck Lieder, a song cycle composed after his affair with Alma Mahler.