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October 03, 2019


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Michele Fideler

I liked your changes! They made it sound much better. I had trouble coming up with good alternatives. As for the “was established” phrase, could you use “began”?

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Hi Michele,

Thanks for the compliment. Sometimes it IS hard to come up with good alternatives. When that happens for me, I usually come back to a passive verb later, with a fresh mind.

I'm not sure about "began" as an active verb in a construction like this one: "Trinity Episcopal began in 1855." I'll have to think about it. Another idea just came to me: "Trinity Episcopal opened its doors in 1855." Unfortunately, "opened its doors" is not always the same thing as "was established" when it comes to churches.

Thanks for thinking about passive and active verbs with me!


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