Your usage is fine. The passive voice is often used to avoid repetitive uses of "I" in reports.
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In my work, I’m doing new task every day, and suppose to write a brief report about that job.
I have been advised to use passive vice as it is the way technical report is done.
Here under is a sample of what I wrote, please have a look and correct me if I’m wrong.
“ The station was visited and two pumps were found broken. One of them was repaired and the other is waiting for material ”.
Thank you in advance.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
though I am no British I learned and keep learning the language with a kin interest in it and so would I say that the following sentence could be more proper : "The station had been visited - Even though << to visit >> has kept is ancient meaning of someone visiting/ calling upon someone else I think - or checked (up?), and so two pumps were found broken. Out of the two onehas been repaired while some material is awaited for the second to be fixed too/ is awaited to repair the second as well."
I hope I making no mistake in here.
Wishing you all the best.
and with all my regards,
Last edited by Duke of Normandy; 13-Feb-2015 at 01:54. Reason: I made a spelling mistake.
There are a number of problems with your version.
1. No reason for the past perfect "had been"
2. Don't use "and so" - just "and."
3. Yours become very wordy - there is no need for "Out of the two." One has been repaired and the other...
4. "Some material is awaited" is not at all natural."
5. It is clear that the second one will be fixed when the material arrives.
The version suggested above yours is fine.
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.
Kevin, please read this extract from the Forum Guidelines:
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On this occasion Barb was kind enough to correct your mistakes. If I had read it first I would have deleted it for the above reasons.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Feb-2015 at 12:08.
Thanks for MikeNewYork and emsr2d2 for checks and corrections.
Happy with my first experience in this forum.
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