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    Active + Passive

    Is it acceptable to mix active and passive voices in one clause, as in the following sentence?

    They are urged to view the situation as it is viewed by God, whose vision takes in more than any one group or individual can comprehend.

    If this were written entirely in the active voice, then ‘God’ would not immediately precede ‘whose’, as I feel it should do:
    They are urged to view the situation as God views it, whose vision…

    If the clause were written entirely in the passive voice, the emphasis would be taken off ‘them’, which the piece is addressing:
    It should be viewed as it is viewed by God, whose vision…

    With these considerations in mind, is the mixing of active/passive voices acceptable, even in formal writing?

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    Re: Active + Passive

    They are urged to view the situation as it is viewed by God, whose vision takes in more than any one group or individual can comprehend.

    This is perfectly OK.

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    Re: Active + Passive

    Thank you Bhaisahab,

    You have confirmed that the original expression as i gave it is acceptable, as i thought it was, yet i have read more than once that ACTIVE and PASSIVE voices should not be mixed in this way. Why do people say this? I don't see that it makes any difference!

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Active + Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Togher View Post
    Thank you Bhaisahab,

    You have confirmed that the original expression as I gave it is acceptable, as I thought it was, yet I have read more than once that ACTIVE and PASSIVE voices should not be mixed in this way. Why do people say this? I don't see that it makes any difference!
    I would probably agree with that opinion if the sentence in question were a compound sentence, but it is not. See:
    They are urged to view the situation as it is viewed by God, whose vision takes in more than any one group or individual can comprehend.
    The words in question constitute an adjectival clause.


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