Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
Well, we've had the discussion before, but does anybody remember
(even confined to some niche) a good reason for using passive voice?
Passive voice is better for argument when a persuasive voice is necessary because it is useful for persuading a reader from one position to another.
Active voice is better for direction when there is only one position.
Active example: Turn on the light to illuminate the room.
Passive example: The light illuminated the room when it was turned on.
The active example leaves no room for how to light up a room, while the passive voice alludes to what lights up the room and the reader is left to figure out how to do it. What is hidden in the two contexts and why passive voice is better for argument, is that in the active voice, the reader is being told what to do while the passive voice empowers the reader to find a logical solution. The logical solution for darkness is hidden within the context, since there really is only one way available in the context to light up the room and the reader is permitted some satisfaction for having found this one way, but there really was no other option. This is similar to how political ads sway voters to make stupid decisions...
Writer Tip: You have more time to author content with Doc-To-Help, because your project can be up and running in 3 steps.
See the “Getting Started with Doc-To-Help” blog post. http://bit.ly/doc-to-help-3-steps
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.
Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com
Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives
passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Previous by Author:
Re: monitor developer / support IM chat in background?
Next by Author: Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
Previous by Thread: Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
Next by Thread: RE: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
Visit TechWhirl's Other Sites