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Your Daily Niblet #108 (make-up)

While the passive voice is normally to be eschewed, there are exceptions. One is where (as in the previous sentence), there is no real subject in the sentence. Another is where the object in an active-voice sentence is of far greater importance than the subject. At least 90% of the time, a formulation such as “My son was hit by a car” works far better than “A car hit my son.” Such nice distinctions are not available to those who, proceeding by rote or by the dictates of long-dead or moribund authorities, disdain the use of the passive no matter what the context may be.

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