Passive form

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Passive form

Post by Benobeno » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:18 am


I am often using the passive form the set up a sentence, and it is very often highlighted by Word as it seems there is a grammar issue ("passive voice, (consider revising)").

I don't really get the issue with the below sentences :

"This field needs to be updated" (I ask for a person to update a specific field in a form)

or another example:

"Are these expenses really paid by Mr X?" ( I am asking if Mr X is really paying these expenses)

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Re: Passive form

Post by Joe » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:18 am

There is no problem with your two examples.

Passive is sometimes considered stylistically awkward and simple-minded machines like Word or Grammarly just follow the guideline blindly. Your examples are fine.
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