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Conventions have changed. Fifty or a hundread years ago much of scientific literature, especially in the humanities, was written in an impersonal (often passive) or generalizing ("one", "we") style, implying professional detachment and an objective view. Today, both the relativity of knowledge (that "things might be different for different people or at ...


The passive voice is more professional when referring to 'self', but in the long run it gets tiring to the reader. If you need to use 'we', use passive voice instead, but whenever you can, activate other subjects and use active voice when referring to them: In this paper a selection of Mahmoud Dolatabadi's works shows the phenomenon of this story.

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