Active and passive
|•||What's the difference between active and passive?|
|•||How can you write in an impersonal way?|
Barbara has invited the others round to her flat as Abel's computer has broken.
Abel has been running his latest essay through the grammar checker on
Barbara's computer. When he gets to the sentence, 'Galileo was considered
to be a heretic and was brought to trial by the Inquisition' the checker
announces, 'There appears to be a verb in the passive voice.' Abel starts
shouting at the computer.
Abel: Speak English, why don't you! What's passive?
Kim: The passive's OK – I use it all the time in my reports. It saves me
having to say 'I'. So instead of saying, 'I calibrated the micrometer'