Abolish the Passive Voice? I Don’t Think So

C. Edward Good

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 6, July/August 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Conventional wisdom has it that writers should always use the active voice. The active uses fewer words. It produces a sense of motion. It always reveals an actor doing something. It thus produces a livelier story.

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