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Verbs - active and passive voice

  • The clearest order is subject, verb, object.
  • Use the active voice whenever possible, subject before verb, for example, the manager called a meeting.
  • Avoid the passive voice (subject after the verb) as this is very unfriendly, for example, the meeting was called by the manager.
  • Only use the passive voice if there is no subject, for example, penalties will be applied.

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