Re: Passive Voice

Subject: Re: Passive Voice
From: Janet Valade <jvalade -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 08:25:47 -0800

>Perhaps the sentence could read "The development manager holds a
>meeting every Wednesday."

>At least we know who is holding what. That, after all, is the purpose
>of active construction.

Yes, this is one purpose of active construction. However, perhaps this
is not the purpose of the communication. Perhaps the purpose of the
communication is simply to inform the recipient of the day of the
meeting. In that case, including the person who called the meeting is
irrelevant and results in the dreaded "extra, unnecessary" words.

It really is pretty hard to discuss the correct wording of
communications without a context.

Janet Valade
jvalade -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com


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