RE: Active versus passive

Subject: RE: Active versus passive
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 10:44:02 -0800 (PST)

--- jgarison -at- ide -dot- com wrote:
> The classic example (at least for me) that illustrates the
> obfuscatory
> effects of passive voice is the sentence:
> The report is generated.

Click the Report button. The report is generated.

Is this also unclear?

> The passive construction, in this instance, totally masks the cause
> of the
> report generation. Does the system do it automatically? Does an
> operator do
> it? God forbid, do I have to do it?

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
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