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Whodunnit: An Exercise in Passive Voice (via The Daily Post at WordPress.com)
Point taken, try to limit the use of ‘to be’ + ‘verb’ + ‘by’. I’m probably more guilty of this than most. That and the use of probably.
We've all heard the non-apology "mistakes were made." Chances are that some of us have even used it when trying to admit a mistake without quite fessing up to it. This and similar phrases are so tempting because they're indirect about whodunnit. And they're indirect because they use a little thing called the passive voice. When talking about the passive voice, people often mention that it obscures the agent, which is just a fancy way of saying it … Read More