Active and Passive Voice

George Orwell advised writers to avoid using the passive voice unnecessarily; see my article, Why George Orwell's Ideas About Language Still Matter for Lawyers, on his advice to writers. Many commentators offer the same advice to legal writers.  For guidance on how to identify the passive voice, how to decide whether to change it, how to change it, see this self-guided refresher.


                                      --The Word Aficionado