RE: Procedural syntax: "Click to expand" vs. "Expand by clicking"
From: Keith_Wolfe -at- mercmarine -dot- com
To: "Dubin, David" <David -dot- Dubin -at- sage -dot- com>
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Subject: RE: Procedural syntax: "Click to expand" vs. "Expand by clicking"
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 07:49:54 -0600
How is option B passive voice?
Passive verb forms consist of some form of the verb to be plus the past
participle of the main verb.
A and B are both active voice.
>Personally, I like [A] because it is in active voice. I am strongly
>the flagrant use of passive voice in technical communications. Since most
>technical communications with regard to software and/or hardware is
>to instruct the user how to do something, I believe it is best to speak to
>the user/learner in the same voice as you would if he/she were in front of
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