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Passive vs. Active Voice: Make Your Writing Come Alive

Nancy Tuten
Nancy TutenPublished on July 01, 2022

Some of you wrote to say that before you subscribe to receive twice-a-month video content, you would like to see a few sample videos. Fair enough!

Each video in this subscription will fall into one of three categories:

(1) One- or two-minute informal videos. Sometimes I'll discuss an awkward or illogical sentence or word usage that I've read or heard. At other times I'll answer a question asked by one of you.
(2) Scripted video lessons accompanied by graphics. These will run about five to ten minutes.
(3) Teaching videos. These aren't scripted but feature a small embedded video of me talking to you and teaching much as I would in a classroom setting. Typically running between fifteen and thirty minutes, these will include practice exercises followed by a second video reviewing the answers to those exercises.

Today's video below—shorter than 5 minutes!—falls in the second category. In it I describe the difference between the active voice and the passive voice and explain why it is useful to understand that difference.

Next week I'll send an example of a short, informal video, and a week later I'll introduce the third format. For now, these three sample posts are available to subscribers and non-subscribers.

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