Friday, August 13, 2010

Feeling Passive?

The world of grammatical guides is all too often like Fox News, lots of directives and little accuracy. The most enduring trend of wrongness has been the assault on the passive voice in English.

I am not sure about your personal feelings for the passive (I really like it myself), but we can all agree that if folk are to complain about it, they should at least identify correctly what it is. We turn now to Language Log to walk us through the carnage here.

1 comment:

  1. Well, it's good to know it doesn't mean "lack of pizzazz" or "wimpiness." The passive voice will now be used more frequently.