Re: Passive activity, voice-wise

Subject: Re: Passive activity, voice-wise
From: loryn <loryn -at- OZEMAIL -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 10:53:08 1000

Entirely in active voice?

"Experimental evidence *has demonstrated* ...."

Loryn Jenkins

From: Thom Remington <remingtf -at- dssrv01 -dot- ds -dot- dupont -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 1996 11:39
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L <TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu>
Subject: Passive activity, voice-wise

Passive voice has its place. I maintain that a good writer can use passive
voice and make it work clearly, just as a bad writer can inadvertantly make
active voice as clear as mud. Consider the following example, written
entirely in active voice:

Experimental evidence has demonstrated that the diurnal introduction into
the alimentary system of a single example of any of a variety of species of
pomes has an ameliorative effect for the dread felt by iatrophobes, by
rendering the necessity of proximity of the object of such iatrophobia that
much less likely.

Thom Remington
DuPont External Affairs Technical Publications
Wilmington Delaware

Opinions expressed are mine alone.

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