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Chapter 17. Using the Active Voice > Activate the Sentence

Activate the Sentence

Rewrite these passive sentences, using the active voice and eliminating all unnecessary words. Your goal: Breathe life into these weak constructions.

1: By now the memo should have been received by all intended recipients, and by the end of the week management should be receiving everyone’s response via e-mail.

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A: Memo recipients should e-mail responses to management by week’s end.
2: Employees who demonstrate adherence to company protocol and procedures shall be rewarded by management when it comes time for performance reviews.

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A: During performance reviews, management will reward employees who adhere to company policy.
3: Because the pilfering of office supplies by employees is a growing problem at headquarters, the director of human resources is looking for ways to screen job applicants’ honesty.

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A: To curb employee theft at headquarters, the human resources director plans to assess job applicants’ honesty.




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