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If active voice is usually used, 

when is passive voice used?

 Active voice is the most common way to articulate sentences in English. 
 Passive voice is used when the object of the active voice sentence needs to be emphasized.  
I wrote that paragraph. That paragraph was written by me!
The right column shows the amount of purchase. The amount of purchase is shown in the right column. 
John made an error here!  An error here was made by John!
John didn't use the calculator correctly.  The calculator wasn't used correctly by John.