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Write about the people in your study in a way that acknowledges their
Replace the impersonal term subjects with a more descriptive
term when possible -- participants, individuals, college
students, children, or respondents, for example (subjects and
sample are appropriate when discussing statistics). The passive
voice suggests individuals are acted on instead of being
actors ("the students completed the survey" is preferable to
"the students were given the survey" or "the survey was
administered to the students").