Thursday, April 30, 2009

Active vs Passive Voice

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Write using active verbs and avoid the passive voice!

The main difference between active and passive voice is the action the subject is more direct and upfront in an active construct.

Ex: John threw the ball to first base.

The passive voice construction uses the "being verbs" and the subject of the sentence is less noticeable, almost hidden from the reader.

Ex: The ball was thrown by John to first base.

The passive voice allows the writer to evade expressing concrete and sound thoughts which may be the author's purpose depending on the text.

The best advice is use active verbs to boldly and unequivocally express the idea so your reader can understand the point.

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