What is the ‘passive voice’?April 24, 2010 at 9:57 am | Posted in copywriting | 5 Comments
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Many documents I edit are written in the ‘passive voice’.
The passive voice is very bad news for communications, as it demands a greater number of longer words that are harder to read.
Recently a client asked what the passive voice actually means.
Here’s my light-hearted response:
This response has been cast, by me, in the passive voice, for the amusement of you.
Your words that are kind have made me experience a feeling of gratitude.
It is a matter of pleasure to me that the suggestions made by me were found by you to be of some benefit.
Unfortunately, the PDF which was attached by you to your email was not received by me, but hope is held by me that it will be sent by you to me. Eventually.
The final PDF is something that perhaps ought to be beheld by me, if not for the purpose of proofing, then at least for the purpose of placement by me in the archives belonging to the company of which I am Founder.
I am hopeful that this response will be found to be helpful.
Well, that’s all from me.
Get my drift?
If you don’t, we may need to get passive aggressive!
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