It’s a fashion thing. Back in the day, reports and studies were written up in the passive voice and were drier than dirt to read. Today, the preference is for active voice, and it does make for a more direct, clearer “story”.
I hate to weasel out of finding another word, but an active voice sentence is, well, more active. It feels livelier, brighter whereas a passive sentence will make you think about closing your eyelids for a quick snooze.
The experts do say, however, that it’s best to combine active and passive to keep a balance, to give readers a chance to rest up between actions. Besides, not everything in a story is action-able.
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|Credit to: Towson.edu|
|Definition: The voice is the verb, and your choice of verb tells the reader if the subject is acting or if s/he is being acted upon.
For what it’s worth, this distinction between active and passive voice applies only to transitive verbs.
Rule: There are two types of voice used when building a sentence: active and passive.
|…is good for:|
|Focusing on the person or object performing the action and creating a livelier, more interesting sentence that is generally easier to understand – Jason washed cars.|
|Rule: Uses an action verb with the subject performing that action.|
|The man must have eaten five hamburgers.
Marilyn mailed the letter.
Bears live in the woods.
At each concert, the soprano sang at least one tune from a well-known opera.
Asbestos abatement teams will remove large chunks of asbestos-laden material from the hallways on the second and third floors.