Answer to English Grammar Question 48

Why is the active tone of voice better to use than the passive?

From member: Danny in USA


Danny, this is much more a question of usage than of grammatical rules. The active voice is considered to be more direct and less wordy than the passive and is, therefore, prefered in most written English.
Look at these sentences:
PASSIVE: The man was hit by the train.
ACTIVE: The train hit the man.
You can see that the active voice gets the same message across with fewer words and in a clearer way than the passive voice.

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