RE: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]

Subject: RE: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]
From: "Janoff, Steve" <Steve -dot- Janoff2 -at- Teradata -dot- com>
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Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 22:24:45 -0500

And in fact I was thinking of this example:

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
...


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Subject: RE: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]

Thanks. I cited it partly for that reason but what's more interesting
to me about that example is its poetry. It conjures up images almost as
vividly as the picture of the guy standing in front of the column of
tanks during Tiananmen Square.

Many memories are evoked by a phrase like that, most associated with
Watergate. Even though passive isn't always the best choice for
technical writing, we'd be lessened without it, as if we had to give up
metaphors in some way. (I guess the proper way to say it is that
passive voice can sometimes be used as an effective rhetorical device.)

Steve

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Subject: Re: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]


The feature of the active voice is that it attributes responsibility.
And passive disassociates from responsibility - perfect example!

Thanks!

Beth

In a message dated 12/3/2009 1:44:42 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Steve -dot- Janoff2 -at- Teradata -dot- com writes:

And speaking of the power of the passive voice, where would we
be
without phrases like this one, seen today in a story about the
DC "gate
crashers," and so reminiscent of the old Watergate days:

"Mistakes were made"


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Subject: Re: "Is energized"

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM, <BBEGIN -at- aol -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm working on a project that must all be in the active voice.

Even at the cost of clarity?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_passive_voice#Uses_of_the_passive_v
oice

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Re: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]: From: bbegin
RE: Passive voice [was RE: "Is energized"]: From: Janoff, Steve

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