What Is Passive Voice And How You Can Stop Using It – by Derek Haines…

on Just Publishing Advice:

What is passive voice and why should you avoid using it in your writing?

Whenever I edit or proofread a text or manuscript, one of the most common corrections I make is to turn passive and causative forms into active sentences.

It is almost always better to use the active voice instead of the passive voice because it clarifies who or what is performing the action of the verb on the object.

Using the active voice allows a writer to describe people, places, things and reasons in much more detail. A story or an article resonates better with a reader when they know exactly what, when, where, who, how and why.

By contrast, the passive is like scientific writing; quite cold and devoid of information or vivid detail.

But to avoid using passive forms, you first need to know how to recognise them, and then how to change them into more detailed active sentences.

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5 thoughts on “What Is Passive Voice And How You Can Stop Using It – by Derek Haines…

  1. Reblogged this on adaratrosclair and commented:
    If there’s something vague and it don’t sound good — who you gonna call? PASSIVE VOICE BUSTERS! The original post contains examples and explanations on why passive voice sucks the life out of good prose. Most importantly, how to fix it!

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