Legal writing, Passive voice
Sturm College of Law
Some of us recall when our grammar teachers admon- ished against using the passive voice. However, voice is a stylistic choice, not a rule of grammar. This column explains why the active voice generally is preferred. The next column will discuss when the passive voice may be the better choice (to be published in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer). Once we understand the passive, we can make more informed decisions about its use.
K.K. DuVivier, Problems With the Passive Voice, 24 Colo. Law. 545 (Mar. 1995).
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