RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)

Subject: RE: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -dot- Brierley -at- ipc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:54:22 -0400

The argument is not, never use the passive voice.

The argument is, in the main, for mainstream U.S. technical
communication, use the active voice because it's more concise than the
passive voice.

This is not a prohibition against using the passive voice, just a
general recommendation that you use the active voice more often than the
passive voice.



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Subject: Re: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves)

Ah, but if you do that, a different faction of the language police will
condemn you for using the passive voice because some teacher or editor
in thier past insisted that the passive voice should never be used under
any circumstances.

And it seems to me that the passive voice is even more impersonal than
"the user" because it completely eliminates the doer of the action.

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Re: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves): From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Escaping gender usage (was RE: Pet Peeves): From: Fred Ridder

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