Re: in defense of passive voice

Subject: Re: in defense of passive voice
From: Chris Hamilton <caxdj -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 13:35:37 -0500

Coupla points:

-- Sometimes the action is considerably more important than the person
performs the action. In this case, passive voice could be a better

-- More importantly, in the real world, politics (office or otherwise)
are a
powerful player when you're trying to figure out how to word something.
are times in any communication when politically, it's appropriate and
to de-emphasize the player. For instance, if there's a deficiency in the

software, you want to let the user know about it, but you don't want to
that your company's product doesn't handle it. Instead of saying "Our
toilet sometimes clogs after usage." you could write "Clogging sometimes
after usage." You're telling people what they need to know without
raising a
flag and saying "Hey, we blew it."

Chris Hamilton
Technical Writer
Tampa, FL

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