Pop Question

24 Aug 2014 — Passive dispute


Which is better, active or passive voice?

Deadly force was used against Michael Brown.

Deadly force was used against Michael Brown.


Select one or more options to read the feedback.



Deadly force was used against Michael Brown.


Officer Darren Wilson used deadly force against Michael Brown.


deadly force (noun phrase) – use of a weapon such as a gun

red-flag (v.) – mark as incorrect, in error

Pullum, Geoffrey. "Fear and Loathing of the English Passive." Linguistics and English Language: The University of Edinbrgh.  22 Jan 2014. Web. 9 Aug 2014. <http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/~gpullum/passive_loathing.pdf>.

Strunk, William Jr. and E.G. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.1999. Print.