Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Use the Active Voice


Use verbs in the active voice. The passive voice is weak and uses unnecessary words. “A captain has been appointed by the team” is weaker than “The team has appointed a captain.” Sentences with verbs in the passive voice often contain a prepositional phrase that begins with the preposition “by.”

If you need help with using the active voice, Step 2  in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense is all about finding the verb and using it correctly.