TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: US vs. UK pronoun/voice usage? From:Maaike Groenewege <mgr -at- mediasys -dot- nl> To:"'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 9 Nov 1999 11:20:36 +0100
I took a degree in English language and linguistics in the Netherlands, so I
don't know whether you should trust my gut feeling :o) I think that passives
in UK English are more frequently used than in US English, but mostly in an
academic context, to ensure a maximum of objectivity and avoid any
"intrusion of the self". This often leads to very stilted and formal
language usage, which I personally don't find appropriate for a manual. So
just stick with your instincts and choose the clear and understandable way.
Mediasystemen, a Triple P company