Re: active vs. passive

Subject: Re: active vs. passive
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 23:08:38 -0700

On 8/7/2017 10:58 PM, Usha Manoj wrote:

The problem really occurs when you cannot just identify the subject or adding a subject and converting to active makes the sentence too complicated.

I've encountered that when a client does not know what they plan to do and they expect the writer to fluff up the document and make it look like they will do something. I find it best to avoid such clients if I cannot get them to tell me what they plan to do. Proposals are offers that get incorporated into a commitments. They should not have unidentifiable vagueness.

Active voice is usually straightforward while passive voice sometimes dances around the subject and becomes complicated for being unclear.


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References:
Re: active vs. passive: From: Bernd Hutschenreuther
Re: active vs. passive: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: active vs. passive: From: Peter Neilson
Re: active vs. passive: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: active vs. passive: From: Lauren
Re: active vs. passive: From: Usha Manoj

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