Re: Passive voice

Subject: Re: Passive voice
From: John Oriel <oriel -at- NTSC -dot- NAVY -dot- MIL>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 1994 08:17:11 EST

A superbly well educated gentleman from London once told me
that students of his generation in the U. K. were taught to
write in the passive voice because the resulting text would
translate more easily into the Romance languages. U. S.
writers, he told me, have less reason to expect that
their work will ever be translated, and are therefore
encouraged to write in the more concise active voice.

Does anyone have more detailed information on this topic?

John Oriel

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