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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