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Old 07 October 2014, 06:47 PM
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There is nothing wrong with passive voice. It has uses that add to clarity and interest rather than detract from it. It's a tool, which, in the hands of a skillful and thoughtful writer, can effectively convey the relevant information.

E.g., if you are telling the story of a criminal and his crime, then saying, "The next day, he was arrested," keeps the focus on the relevant person. If you say, "the next day, a police officer arrested him," then you've now introduced another character, which is fine if you want to do that, but if there's nothing to say about the officer, then you might as well not.
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