Use the active voice in writing

Using the active voice is often cited as a guide for clear writing, but what does it mean? It means put the subject first in the sentence such as “Volunteers sold tickets”.

The opposite of active voice is passive voice or construction such as “Tickets were sold by volunteers”.

Active voice or construction is usually preferred because it is shorter, clearer and more direct. But not every sentence has to be written in active voice. You may want to emphasise the object by putting it first in the sentence such as “Tickets will be sold by volunteers at the door”.

Using the active voice rather than the passive is a key principle of plain English writing.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s