Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-1995

Keywords

Legal writing, Passive voice

Organizational Units

Sturm College of Law

Abstract

"[W]e can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness" "Expostulation & Reply" by William Wordsworth As a general rule, our writing can be more forceful and concise if we search for the passive voice and eliminate it. However, the avoid-the-passive rule sometimes is taken to extremes. This article addresses five ways to use the passive voice as a positive communication tool.

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