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Unformatted text preview: Reasons to use the active voice: • The active voice is shorter and more direct. • Using the active voice helps meet the APA style of “economies of expression”. • Using the active voice reduces ambiguity and lessens the possibility of misinterpretation of written communication. Compare. Active: That student submitted an assignment. Passive: An assignment was submitted by that student. • The active voice is less awkward and clearly states relationship between subject and action. Student = subject; submitted = verb Compare. Passive: The loan application has been declined by the bank. Active: The bank declined the loan application. • The active voice sentence pattern propels the reader forward through your writing thus strengthening communication (promotes clarity and economical use of language). Identifying Passive Voice Verbs Verbs have two voices: active and passive . In active voice sentences, the verb expresses the action in the sentence, the subject performs the action , and the...
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- Fall '12
- Passive voice, Active voice, English passive voice