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    Passive voice (consider revising)

    Dear Madame and Sir
    Every day I read scientific papers abstracts in English language. In order to improve my English writing I copy the text in a Word processor. However, all the time for the above underlined words, the following message is displayed: “Passive voice (consider revising)”. How can I know if I am writing correctly? Many thanks for your help.
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    Many thanks for your help.

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    Re: Passive voice (consider revising)

    Quote Originally Posted by sebasttian View Post
    ...I copy the text in a Word processor. However, all the time for the above underlined words, the following message is displayed: “Passive voice (consider revising)”. How can I know if I am writing correctly? ...
    Well, the short answer is 'NOT by regarding Word as omniscient'

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    Re: Passive voice (consider revising)

    Thank you. Istilldoubtifsentencesarecorrectly written? I really appreciate your help.

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    Re: Passive voice (consider revising)

    Scientific papers use the passive. They are usually grammatically correct.

    Do not use scientific papers as your model for general writing.
    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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