passivevactivevoice by ajizai

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									  Another type of “voice”:
    passive or active
 Passive    Voice            Active    Voice
     literary                    the way we speak
     longer                      more concise
     more vague                  says who did it
     less active verb            more active verb
     emphasizes the thing        emphasizes the doer of
      acted upon                   the action
     sometimes, the only         all things being equal,
      accurate way to go           the way to go
    Voice is a rhetorical strategy.
    Passive Voice                     Active Voice
   Elapsed time is            A pointer indicates
    indicated by a pointer.     elapsed time.
   The project was            The installation crew
    completed by the            completed the
    installation crew.          project.
   It is suggested that       I suggest you record
    readings be recorded        readings hourly.
    hourly.
        Passive Voice is longer.
 “Itwas discovered during QD’s initial
  modeling efforts that the reservoir was
  actually a retrograde condensate
  reservoir.”
       Active Voice is shorter.
 Itwas discovered during QD’s initial
  modeling efforts that the reservoir was
  actually a retrograde condensate reservoir.
                           (17 words)


 Better: QD’s initial modeling efforts showed
  that the reservoir was actually a retrograde
                           (13-14 words)
  condensate reservoir.
Passive voice can make writing
ambiguous: Who is doing which testing?

The scope of this strategy does not cover
testing all the functionality of the different sub
components. It is expected that each
component be tested prior to the solution
integration test.
          When to use which?
    Active Voice                Passive Voice
• to emphasize the agent       • to emphasize the
of the action:                 object:
Previous researchers           The relationship between
established the relationship   chemical qualities and
between chemical qualities     model parameters was
and model parameters.          established by previous
• to emphasize the             researchers .
action:
                               The water sample was
JMC Consulting                 heated to a temperature
recommends that                of 100 C.
                                    0


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