Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs

Subject: Re: passive voice (was RE: Numbering paragraphs
From: "Dan Comly" <dcomly -at- bid2win -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:35:30 -0400



Chris Despopoulos wrote:

<snip>

When the person writes "An alert in posted", in my experience that
person cannot answer the question "Who or what posts the alert?" This is
usually because the person never bothered to ask the question.

</snip>



Use of the passive induces pangs of guilt when I use it as Chris
describes - to cover up a gap in the story, a gap that I should have
filled. It stinks. To discerning readers, the active voice inspires
confidence in the content while the passive voice suggests dissembling.



Using the active voice is the easiest way to "Omit needless words" as
Professor Strunk exhorts.





Dan Comly
Technical Writer
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