Active vs. Passive Voice

In academic writing, whether to use the active or the passive voice is a choice often determined by the guidelines of a university, journal, or publishing company. Some arbiters of style don’t care which is used, while others care deeply and sometimes almost obsessively. So, it’s important to know for whom you’re writing when making those stylistic calls. Of course, before you can decide, you obviously need to identify and make judgements about your use of passive or active voice. When to use one or the other can be tricky. So, we’ve crafted this YouTube PowerPoint video entitled “Passive Voice & the 1st Person” to better explain the issue.