Here Are Four Ways To Use Passive Voice In Writing

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Here Are Four Ways To Use Passive Voice In Writing

Passive voice is often criticized as a bad writing style. It should not be completely eliminated, but it shouldn't necessarily be used sparingly. Sometimes it is necessary to emphasize details.

When the subject of a sentence or clause is the receiver of a verb, passive voice is used. The receiver is often of no or little importance to the sentence so why should it be overshadowing the subject acting? This is because inappropriate usage can make your writing boring and vague by emphasizing less important things.

A passive voice can still function in certain sentences better than an active one, provided it is used correctly. These are some examples of how to use the passive voice effectively.

1. Report crimes with an alleged/unknown perpetrator: In certain criminal cases, the perpetrator is not known. Therefore, it is important to focus on the victim (the receiver) and not on the unknown person.

Take, for example;

Last night, my neighbor was killed.

The subject (neighborhood) is the recipient of the action and the emphasis is there.

2. For scientific situations: The emphasis should not be on the scientist performing the experiment, but rather on the results. The subject matter refers to the objects or persons receiving the action.

Take, for example;

To test the efficacy of the drug, the Laboratory Rat was used. (Passive)

To test the effectiveness of the drug, the scientist used the Laboratory Rat. (Active)

How relevant is the scientist in these sentences? Passive voice effectively conveys the message and draws attention back to the most important thing: the Laboratory Rat.

3. To emphasize action, and not the doer. In situations where the "action", rather than the initiator, is more important, a passive voice may be used.

Take, for example:

Yesterday, she was sworn in as Director of The World Trade Organization.

It doesn't matter who was swearing in, as the focus is on what is happening and the message is clear.

4. To shift blame on nobody: You can exonerate as a writer by using passive voice. By removing the character from the event or action, you can help him get away with a crime.

Take, for example;

Yesterday's crime.

This begs the question: Who committed this crime? Or, who was the victim? This statement cannot be traced back to any one person or thing. It could be what you think or not. Your readers will be left wondering because you create suspense.

A passive sentence can be easily identified if it contains "to-be verbs". These verb forms include the following: were, were, are, and so on. These verbs are essential for writing. However, you should not use them unless it is necessary. It is essential to proofread and eliminate any passive voice or misuse of your work in order to avoid mistakes. However, if that's not possible, we have a team of professional editors who can assist you. Contact we today.


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