For the past two or three decades, technical writing experts have tried to remove the draconian dictum: All technical writing will be in passive voice! To remind you, in active voice, the subject (i.e., agent of action) does the verb (the action), typically to an object or for a goal. The passive voice reverses that sequence: (1) the subject expresses the action or goal of the action, (2) a form of to be precedes a past participle of the verb, and (3) the agent of the action appears (or is implied) after the verb in a by phrase, as in...

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