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Old 07 October 2014, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by she-geek View Post
I work at a well-known medical center where the passive voice is used freely and often, both to create the sense (illusion, really) of objectivity toward the topic and (IMHO) to dodge responsibility. "It was decided that..." is a lot harder to pin on any one person than "Suchandso decided". Political machinations ahoy!
That`s exactly why we are told to avoid it.

People already accuse government workers of trying to avoir responsibility, so in writing response we are supposed to strive for directness... while still somehow refraining from telling people that they have the reading comprehension of a child.

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