Prefer the Active over the Passive

Prefer the Active over the Passive

What the passive voice is and the impact it has on your audience, how active voice sentences are generally clearer and more engaging, and when to use – and when not to use—the passive voice.


Welcome to Prefer the Active over the Passive! In this video, we’ll be showing you examples on screen, which won’t be narrated. When you see these, please pause the video for as long as you need to read and understand them.

I. Introduction and Example

On your screen, you’ll see some excellent advice that we’ve adapted from an article by professor Patrick Hugg. This advice is great for writing not only clear sentences, but also documents that clients can understand. There’s something not...