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Use the active voice unless you specifically need to use the passive voice.


  • Incorrect: A refund was given to him by the hair regeneration company.

  • Correct: The hair regeneration company gave him a refund.

  • Incorrect: A good score was achieved by the team.

  • Correct: The team achieved a good score.

  • Incorrect: A box of chocolates and a dozen roses were presented to the girl by her boyfriend.

  • Correct: The boyfriend presented a box of chocolates and a dozen roses to the girl.


    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Online Resources:
  • The Elements of Style: rule 11

Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)

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