Active voice rules (sometimes)

Andy Bechtel, who writes about copy editing issues, discusses the age-old debate that pits active voice against passive voice. As always, he offers great examples and clear explanations.

Passive voice is scorned by those who say it removes the action from a sentence. Some even see bias in its use, and it can be a way to obscure who’s doing what. “Mistakes were made,” someone once said. But who made them?

I’ve added his blog to the roll on the right under Editor’s Desk. Check it out from time to time.

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