Re: active vs. passive

Subject: Re: active vs. passive
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:50:31 -0700

Proposal writing and technical writing have differences. The question of "to be" in this thread is in a proposal where, I think, the vendor should know what they will do when they make a proposal and not ask the writer to work around something where, as Usha said, the writer "cannot just identify the subject." Usha asked about proposal writing.

"To be" in technical writing is awkward because it asks the reader to assume an abstract description in what should be direct writing.


On 8/8/2017 4:36 AM, Karin Matchett wrote:

Lauren, I completely agree with the distinctions you're drawing between
passive voice and other passive attributes, and it's helpful to get the
terminology straight. In this case, what if the identity of the thing
creating the directory isn't relevant to the reader? It seems to me
that this way of using "to be" has the benefit of limiting the moving
parts discussed to those the reader needs to know about, thus
decluttering the sentence.
Karin

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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: Karin Matchett

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