Active vs. Passive Voice

When we write using active voice, it’s clear who did what. The doer” of the sen­tence comes before the verb, and there’s no ambiguity. 

Passive voice hap­pens when the doer” of a giv­en action is placed after the verb (or even left out entire­ly!), and we need to use a form of to be” with the action. Using pas­sive voice intro­duces vague lan­guage, can cause con­fu­sion, and ulti­mate­ly weak­ens the impact of your writing.

At Hudl, we use active voice as much as pos­si­ble. It shows con­vic­tion! Energy! Pizzaz!

The ball was thrown out of bounds.

An announcement will be made by the coach next week.

The meeting has been pushed to tomorrow.

Don’t use passive voice.

Jared threw the ball out of bounds.

The coach will make an announcement next week.

I pushed the meeting to tomorrow.

Do be intentional and use active voice as much as possible.

Last Updated: 5 May 2020 at 2:22pm CDT