Win the Oxford Guide to Plain English

I’m sorry for the long silence since my last post. True, I’ve spent the last few months taking my interactive training online, but this post was already overdue beore lockdown. Now, I have a copy to give away of the latest edition of the Oxford Guide to Plain English,...

How and why to avoid passive verbs

    At last, a blog post for everyone who discovered active verbs in one of my workshops and wants more on how to identify passive verbs and edit them out. Why avoid passive verbs? Plain English favours the active voice over the passive, for good reasons.The...

Check passive verbs with Word and Outlook

  Word and Outlook detect some passive verbs Word and Outlook are normally right when they identify a passive verb. But they miss plenty. In this text, for example: Word 2010 has underlined a passive verb (can be found). If you edit that out, it shows you another...
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