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Part II: Use Power Language > Use Active Voice

Chapter 12. Use Active Voice

In passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb. There are three general categories where the passive voice is used:

  1. When the “doer” is unknown:

    “The files were accidentally deleted.” “My car was stolen.”

  2. When the “doer” is unimportant:

    “The game was canceled due to the snowstorm.”

  3. When you need to be diplomatic (i.e., not “blame” someone):

    Think again: “The boss made a big mistake!”
    Diplomatic: “Perhaps an error has been made.”



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