Administrative Policy Writing
You were probably told in English class to avoid the passive voice.
What is the passive versus active voice?
: The subject of the sentence performs the action.
: The subject of the sentence is acted upon.
In a passive sentence, the actor is either left unstated or is named in a
Active: The motorcyclist hit the pedestrian.
Passive: The pedestrian was hit by the motorcyclist.
Passive: The pedestrian was hit.
The motorcyclist is the actor. In the first sentence, he is the subject.
The subject of the second two sentences is the thing being acted upon,
not the actor. The pedestrian is the one who was hit.