Re: Passive voice

Subject: Re: Passive voice
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:52:01 -0600

I think the best approach is probably to cite several of the well-respected authorities that give us guidance in this direction (unfortunately authorities I don't currently have a list of but I'm sure someone else on this list probably does).

Of course, we could always just say "Well, I have standards, even if you don't." but we might find ourselves blinking and scratching on the pavement if we offer that snarky comment to management that doesn't have a sense of humor.

Best Regards,

Mike
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On 11/23/2014 9:46 AM, Dave C wrote:

What arguments do we make to management and/or document originators that passive voice is… well, bad? I’ve always found a tepid audience when trying to describe why.

Thanks,
Dave

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