Sunday, January 30, 2005

Active vs. passive

A sportsjournalists.com regular asks me about the use of active verbs vs. passive. My response is that active is usually better, less wordy, paints a better picture and lends itself to sports, which is active by nature. However, Roy Peter Clark talks above active vs. passive in this piece, writing tool No. 39 of 50. He notes that sometimes, passive is the way to go.

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