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Chapter 23. Active and passive voice > When passive voice is useful

When passive voice is useful

Although you should generally strive to write with active voice, passive voice can be useful in a few circumstances. Because passive voice points first to the receiver of action, rather than the action itself, passive voice can be beneficial if the recipient of the action is the most important part of the sentence. Passive voice can also be useful if the “who” or “what” performing the action is unknown. For example, “The football was thrown,” is missing the “who.”


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