Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs

Subject: Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>, Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:48:18 -0700

Someone posted this Twitter image to our Tech Writing Facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=498784220140573&set=a.475343659151296.112780.139729956046003

If you can add "by zombies" you have passive voice:

“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- Makes sense? Yes. It's passive voice.

“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- Makes sense? No. It's active voice.


Of course, it doesn't say whether it has uses in tech com.

-Tony
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References:
passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs: From: Slager Timothy J
RE: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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