A few weeks ago I wrote about using fewer words. You may remember the trashcan, and the comparison that I made of making a room breathable by throwing out junk. "When in doubt, throw it out." That's the motto I used.
There are various ways through which we can eliminate unnecessary words, and one of those ways is by using the active voice. Don't worry, it doesn't involve the treadmill or the ThighMaster, but it does involve mastering our skill as a writer.
What is it? Wikipedia defines it this way:
When the subject is the agent or actor of the verb, the verb is in the active voice. When the subject is the patient, target or undergoer of the action, it is said to be in the passive voice.
Passive: The apple was coughed up by the worm.Active: The worm coughed up the apple.
The key to the active voice is that of making the doer (for lack of a better word) the star of the sentence. If the worm is coughing up a huge chunk of apple, he wants top billing for all that hard work.
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