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    Default Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    Would anybody please tell me which of the following two is better? Why?
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, they can't eliminate all the potential dangers.
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, the potential dangers can't be eliminated.
    Incidentally, I wonder whether the one below is appropriate, especially in the usage of neutralization in this context.

    While measures are taken to lessen its damage to our health, the complete neutralization of all its potential hazards remains impossible.
    Any reply is much appreciated.Thank you all.
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    Default Re: Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    I find your post very difficult to read with its multiple fonts/font sizes and lack of spacing between paragraphs. Any chance of using a standard font/size and spacing?

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    Default Re: Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    Would anybody please tell me which of the following two is better? Why?
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, they can't eliminate all the potential dangers. - I assume "they" means "the measures." This is okay.
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, the potential dangers can't be eliminated. -
    I usually don't like the passive, but since we don't know who all are implementing these measures, it makes sense to use it here.
    Incidentally, I wonder whether the one below is appropriate, especially in the usage of neutralization in this context.

    While measures are taken to lessen its damage to our health, the complete neutralization of all its potential hazards remains impossible. -I don't know what "its" is referring to.
    Any reply is much appreciated.Thank you all.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    Definitly my fault.It will not happen again.Thank you so much for your advice.Have a nice weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    I find your post very difficult to read with its multiple fonts/font sizes and lack of spacing between paragraphs. Any chance of using a standard font/size and spacing?

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    Default Re: Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    Thank you very much, Barb.You helped a lot. "It" here refers to the radiation sent out by the CRT(Cathode Ray Tube) monitor screen.Never mind.Thank you again.
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    Default Re: Active vs passive.Which is better in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    Would anybody please tell me which of the following two is better? Why?
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, they can't eliminate all the potential dangers.
    Although measures are taken to reduce the harm to the human body, the potential dangers can't be eliminated.
    Incidentally, I wonder whether the one below is appropriate, especially in the usage of neutralization in this context.

    While measures are taken to lessen its damage to our health, the complete neutralization of all its potential hazards remains impossible.
    Any reply is much appreciated.Thank you all.
    I wouldn't use "neutralise". A neutral danger is a difficult concept. An eliminated danger is easy.
    If you want a truly active sentence, you can start with "Although they take measures to reduce harm to the human body ..." This is OK if you've already identified who "they" are - and this might have occurred in your previous sentence. So it's not always possible to say whether a certain sentence should be passive or not without knowing the full paragraph. (That's a similar problem to evaluating a phrase without knowing the sentence it's from).

    Note, I'd leave out 'the' from "the harm", unless the potential harm has already been identified.

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