The passive voice is often maligned by grammazons as a bad writing habit. Or, to put it in the active voice, grammazons across the English-speaking world malign the passive voice as a bad writing habit.
In general, the active voice makes your writing stronger, more direct, and, you guessed it, more active. The subject is something, or it does the action of the verb in the sentence. With the passive voice, the subject is acted upon by some other performer of the verb. (In case you weren’t paying attention, the previous two sentences use the type of voice they describe.)
But the passive voice is not incorrect. In fact, there are times when it can come in handy. Read on to learn how to form the active and passive voices, when using the passive voice is a good idea, and how to avoid confusing it with similar forms. See More . . .
“What’s for dinner tonight?” he said.
“What do you feel like fixing?” she said.
“It’s not my turn to cook,” he said.
“Yes, it is. It’s Friday. Friday is always your day,” she said.
“No, Saturday is my day. Friday is your day,” he said.
“Seriously? We’ve been together for 3 years, and you always cook on Fridays,” she said.
“He said” and “she said” are stilted when overused
What does the above interaction between these two people tell you? Not a whole heck of a lot, right? It’s a smattering of boring conversation segued by repetitive use of dialogue tags.
Do you really need to use “he said” and “she said” after every bit of dialogue? Actually, no. You have other options like not using a dialogue tag at all, or showing who’s talking by action outside dialogue. Let’s look at each separately. See More . . .