J. Callahan Writes: Dec 21, 2017

On Passive Voice
12/21/17

pv

Editors and writers caution us to avoid passive voice. That is often good advice. However, it depends on the context of the sentence and the goals of the author. For example: “The scissors were dropped on top of the body with the tongue half cut off and the binder clip firmly in place.”

The focus is clearly on the scissor, for the killer is a mystery. There is nothing wrong with the passive voice in this case.

In general, use active voice for subjects when the subject’s action is preeminent. If the object is important, don’t be afraid to use the passive voice.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s