Re: active voice v. passive voice

Subject: Re: active voice v. passive voice
From: Meg Halter <aiki4us -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 10:43:55 -0800 (PST)

Jane Carnall is debating with a coworker.

A co-worker has gone through a manual and, among other things,
carefully changed active voice to passive voice. I asked him
about it, pointing to a specific example:

New: Two topologies are available in defining Cats: pedigree or
moggy.
Old: You can define two types of Cats: pedigree or moggy.
----------------
Hi Jane --

The first is a statement of fact. A reader's reaction could be
"Ok. So what?". The second version explicitly states that fact
in terms of what it implies for the reader.

(Is moggy a real kind of cat? Never heard of it.)

-- Meg

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