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April 26, 2017


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Susannah Wight

Thanks for this. Perhaps your friend replied to you as she did because she wanted to avoid starting a sentence with 'I'?


super , i really appreciate you , you are being very kind in giving us such an advises.


I'm just wondering if your friend's reading your blog...

I read this with curiosity: I asked myself if I've ever made any bad passive-verb choice and how I can improve my writing effectiveness. I'm surely going to pay more attention to them!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hello, Susannah, Harish, and Deborah,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Susannah, interesting idea. My guess is that my friend was using an expression she had seen before.

Harish, you are very welcome. Nice job using active verbs.

Deborah, the truth is that I told my friend about "Much appreciated" after I read her email. She had not realized the expression was passive.

Good luck identifying active verbs!


Muhamad taha

Many thanks, I really appreciate your efforts writing this topic, it was very informative.


It certainly can be annoying when passive verbs are used. Although we are told in school to avoid this manner of communication, many people are sliding into this way of writing, especially where I am living in the south. This article should be read by everyone and hopefully my errors will be picked up by them. :)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Muhamad,

Thanks for your comment. I have a suggestion for you: When you write in English, include just one idea per sentence to avoid having run-on sentences, like this:

I really appreciate your efforts writing on this topic. It was very informative.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Debby,

I am so glad I got to the end of your comment without screaming. When I got there and realized your passive verbs were intentional, I loved the examples.

For other readers, here are your passive verbs:

--are used
--are told
--should be read
--will be picked up

I want to note that the -ing verbs are not passive verbs. They are simply verb phrases.


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