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Completely eliminate? No. In general, prefer active voice unless you have a specific reason to use passive. Some reasons to use passive voice: You don't know who did the action. I was carjacked on February 19, 1999. (True story.) You wish to hide or deemphasize responsibility the action. The person who did it is not important to the sentence at hand. You ...


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Active voice is the appropriate choice for all types and sections of technical documentation, and for training and service manuals. The Microsoft Manual of Style is used by professional technical writers. The 4th edition (2012) says: In general, use active voice. Active voice emphasizes the person or thing performing the action. It's more direct than ...


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The use of active or passive voice is dictated by where your focus is: on the subject or object of the actiin. Who is your sentence/paragraph/chapter about? John or Bob? If it is about John and what he does, use the active voice: John killed Bob. If it is about Bob and what he experiences, use the passive voice: Bob had been killed by John. ...


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"X was most likely to be electrocuted" doesn't have an actor, so that's fine as is. But if you have "many new things were done," tell us by whom, and what they did. While the 15x15 was pregnant, the three-bys were busy building houses, the 9x9s dug latrines, and the lone Whip-It sat in the makeshift cage, wondering when his sentence would be carried ...


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Whatever results in the less convoluted and easier to understand syntax. Usually people find it easier to understand active voice. Even research articles are today usually written in active voice and avoid confusing self-reference-avoidance (do: "We conducted a study...", don't: "A study was conducted ..." [by whom?]). Machines are operated by persons, they ...


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My preference is for passive voice for reference material, some active for tutorials/howtos and whatever is easiest to understand for instructional or theoretical overviews. For example a mechanic changing a tire will check the manual for inflation pressure and lug torques (reference), a teenager will want a youtube video (howto), but an engineer will want ...



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