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Three Tips to Avoid Passive Voice and Passive Writing

Three Tips to Avoid Passive Voice and Passive Writing

On one writers board I frequent, people repeatedly warn about using forms of the verb “to be” because that would be “passive voice” and that’s bad writing. Every time I read that, my blood pressure rises a little. Allow me to differentiate between passive voice, emphasis on action, and the delights of characters who shape situations rather than just respond to them. Passive voice Warning: Grammar ahead The terms “active voice” and “passive voice” apply only to transitive verbs, i.e….

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