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The author of the very funny Jesus and Mo comic strip read my article about when to use the passive voice, and he sent me this corporate memo in response:

To: Everyone employed by this company

It has been brought to my attention that the passive voice is being used in cases where it could easily be replaced by the active. I was taught to value clear, plain English, and I am appalled by this trend. It will not be tolerated. Any employee who is adjudged to be using the passive unnecessarily will be dismissed. Is that understood?

The Editor

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