On Passive Voice

To write well is to clearly communicate your thoughts to someone else.  Unless you are writing poetry, in your diary, or some other creative type of writing – your goal should and probably is so that others read and understand it.  The passive voice confuses traditional object/subject classifications.  It can cause readers to become unsure as to who is acting, and who is affected.  This prevents you from achieving the clearest form of communication – which is usually the goal!

Or, to paraphrase Stephen King:  With a hammer he killed Frank = bad. He killed Frank with a hammer = better.

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