Although the passive voice is sometimes useful, the active voice is shorter, more direct and more emphatic. Often, however, the problem is not the overuse of the passive voice; it's the overuse of passive-sounding constructions.
Updated: November 29, 2009, - 11:09 PM
We live in a competitive world, a world of winners and losers, where winning means overcoming, vanquishing or destroying your opponent.
Updated: November 15, 2009, - 10:04 PM
What's the first thing you do when you return to work from vacation?
Updated: November 01, 2009, - 10:38 PM
Whenever I go away, I come back to piles of work. Not that I'm complaining. I treasure my time away. But sometimes the joy of having been away is diminished by the stress of catching up.
Updated: October 04, 2009, - 06:20 PM
The web of lies surrounding the health care debate are making it difficult to discuss the issue reasonably. None of the groups involved in this debate are stupid. The opposition, which includes supporters of the status quo, want slower change or no change.
Updated: September 21, 2009, - 10:16 AM
Imagine this. Your boss walks into your office (or cubicle) and says, "We have a new hire. Smart, talented young person, but the writing skills are weak. I want you to mentor this person."
Updated: September 08, 2009, - 02:43 PM
It takes thought and effort, but here's a way to keep the vocabulary cobwebs at bay.
Updated: August 30, 2009, - 05:14 PM
Words are the key to thoughts, which makes them one of life's greatest treasures.
Updated: August 16, 2009, - 10:11 PM
Here's a twist on the old my-dog-ate-my-assignment excuse. Michelle writes:
Updated: August 02, 2009, - 01:07 PM