Re: passive voice

Subject: Re: passive voice
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 22:24:29 -0800

>I would have to say:

> Tom used to hold a meeting every Wednesday, but Tom was fired.
> Now, nobody holds a meeting every Wednesday. Everyone just comes
> to a meeting on Wednesday out of habit.

Just throw away the first two sentences:

Everyone comes to a meeting on Wednesday.

You don't have to dig into ancient history to use active voice. You don't
have to go into who decided what -- just say who does what. ...RM

Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro


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