Active voice / passive voice studies

Subject: Active voice / passive voice studies
From: ptcs -at- plateautechcomm -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 12:20:52 -0600

OK, we all know that it's better to use active voice whenever possible.
I'm interested in finding studies that support this claim -- specifically,
studies that address differences in the way readers comprehend active- and
passive-voice sentences. I vaguely remember one of my professors saying
that readers encode sentences in active voice regardless of how they're
written. However, I also recall her saying that the "jury was still out"
on whether passive voice actually hinders the reading process.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Nancy Riccio
ptcs -at- plateautechcomm -dot- com


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