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Raze the adverbs, beware superlatives, be specific: 6 tips on clearer writing from Sir Harold Evans

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  1. garrystannus@hotmail.com

    May 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Well, I read this TT article, and admittedly the six points that were given, were drawn from a (presumably) wider body of work. And further, the larger work, ‘Do I make myself clear?’ is directed at journalists, and not at the general readership of TT.

    However…

    I must voice my dismay at yet again seeing another attack on the use of the passive voice. Harold Evans [The blurb: Here] makes it quite clear that in his opinion, the passive must only be used on holy days of literary obligation and even then with some reluctance. The fact that Evans is published by the Hachette group (french, but expanding aggressively into america – e.g. Times Warner ) tends to confirm my posit that ‘some’ americans have a problem with being passive. Take, for example, that puffed-up president that currently bestrides the American Empire’s throne: Ebullient, active … yet passive perhaps in areas which (in common decency) should not be publicly discussed. For examples of passivity, I’ve noticed how for some years now, the american microsoft control of our grammar seeks to dissuade us from allowing the passive voice to ever be used. Do I make myself clear?

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