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“Your writing bores me.” “I am bored by your writing.”
Not only do these two sentences demonstrate the difference between the active and passive voice but also they communicate a central reason for avoiding the passive voice.
In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action described by the main verb. Thus, the subject is active. In the passive voice, the action is done to the subject. Thus, the subject is passive. Passive voice is a problem for direct writing…Continue
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The basics of subject–verb agreement. The number of the subject determines the number of the verb. In other words, if the subject is plural, the verb, too, must be appropriate for plural subjects. The following samples demonstrate singular and subject verbs.
Singular Noun Samples: cat, I John, flower
Plural Noun Samples: cats, we, John and Bob, flowers…
Added by David Bowman on June 19, 2012 at 11:49pm — No Comments
An expert academic or technical writer needs only a few basic sentence patterns to produce easy-to-understand writing. Each of the sentence patterns below will result in clear academic or technical writing. However, do not use any one pattern more than twice in a…Continue
Added by David Bowman on March 28, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments
Concise writing is clear writing. By definition, concise writing communicates in as few words as necessary. Everything in a sentence other than the subject, verb, and object is description. Descriptions cause most of the “fluff” in sentences, but, fortunately, some simple strategies will help you write concise descriptions.
What are nominalizations?
Nominalizations are the noun forms of action verbs, as seen here:
Sample action verbs - Corresponding nouns
illustrate – illustration
fail – failure
react – reaction
announce – announcement
increase (v.) – increase (n.)
Why are they bad, and how do I fix them?
In the active voice, the subject performs the action…Continue
Added by David Bowman on January 3, 2012 at 8:50pm — No Comments
When I was in college, I worked behind the front desk of a major hotel. Directly across the lobby was the hotel bar, a small, dark lounge with the bar counter on the opposite side and a stage at one end. George Thorogood, when he stayed at the hotel, would sit at the far end of the counter, next to the…Continue