Re: passive voice

Subject: Re: passive voice
From: Kent Newton <KentN -at- METRIX-INC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 19:20:00 PST

Tammy wrote:

>I don't mean to give David a hard time, but I had to point out the irony
in
>his post. David wrote,

>>IMHO, use of passive voice is rarely defensable

>in the passive voice! He went on to argue that

>>In writing today, it passive
>>construction is all to commonly used to hide the identity of those who
act
>>(active voice).

>David, where is the active agent in the preceding sentence? I think
your
>post supports the view that sometimes the passive voice is indeed
>appropriate.

Indeed, it seems sometimes that passive voice is unavoidable.

Kent Newton
Senior Technical Writer
Metrix, Inc.
kentn -at- metrix-inc -dot- com


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