Passive vs. Active Voice (Style)
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Passive voice can be useful in certain scenarios (like some science writing, when the doer is unknown, or when you want to deemphasize the doer). However, passive voice can be imprecise, slow the reader down and disrupt the sentence focus. It can also confuse readers, which could make you appear less credible or knowledgeable. While passive voice has been widely used in science writing, it is becoming more acceptable to write in the active voice even when you do not emphasize the researcher. Always check with your professors about their preferences regarding passive/active voice and read current published writing within the discipline to see which they utilize.