Great, informative post.
Has it really been since March of 2015 that I promised more posts ahead on the subject of active voice?
Better late than never, let’s get back to the subject . . .
As an editor, I frequently run across certain issues in the books I work on and in the interest of time, I’ve gathered together a small Word file I call “Common Comments.” Here’s one of them:
That construct: “something was verbing” is often a sign of passive voice. It’s almost always better to let the action be more direct: “something verbed” so that thing is happening in the past tense “now” and doesn’t come across as feeling as though there’s an extra layer of delay between your readers and the action.
“Something was verbing” is not a mistake, per se. This is one of those components to the craft of writing that goes past what’s grammatically correct…
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