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Posted on October 3, 2011

You don’t need me to tell you that a passive form of a verb is effectively the opposite of the active form; instead of the verb taking the form of doing, it takes the form of is done to. The consequence of this is that the word order changes and no longer does the subject precede the verb; now it comes after, in contrast to sentences with an active verb .

So what?

It is your job, your duty almost, to make what you write interesting; if you don’t, no one will read it and you’ve wasted your time. A narrative written entirely in the active mode will become boring; occasional use of the passive breaks the monotony. Not too much, though. The passive mode is like proper seasoning of food – too much spoils the food, too little and it is tasteless.

Tags: interest, Passive mode, seasoning the text