ERIC Number: EJ562428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Using the Active and Passive Voice Appropriately in On-the-Job Writing.
Riggle, Keith B.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v28 n1 p85-117 1998
States that many technical writing handbooks advise avoiding passive voice. Identifies functions of passive as well as active voice by determining the frequencies of active and passive verbs in 185 documents written by 28 civilian and military members of the Air Force. Confirms the importance of agency in choice of active or passive; reveals other factors significant in writers' choices. (PA)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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