Editorial style guide: Active voice vs. Passive voice

While trying to educate, provide instructions and teach people through written communication, it is best to use active voice. Active voice involves the use of verbs which signify action rather than nouns and adjectives. Active voice makes the communication of instructions clearer because the subjects are performing the task or action. Active voice will help give your writing, life. It can also make a weak sentence emphatic and give it greater impact.

Examples:

Passive voice: There were riots in several towns in Northern England last night, in which police clashed with
stone-throwing youths.

Active voice: Youths throwing stones clashed with police during riots in several towns in Northern England last night.

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