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Rule "simple cases of passive voice"

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Description: simple cases of passive voice
Message: For a more expressive style, consider rephrasing the sentence in the active voice.
Category: Style (ID: STYLE)
Link: https://languagetool.org/insights/post/what-is-passive-voice/
Tags: [picky]
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • Tom has been saved by the police.
    Correction suggestion: The police have saved Tom
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • Tom has been disowned by his parents.
  • Tom has been bitten by his horse.
  • Tom has been stung by a jellyfish.
  • Tom has never been scolded by his father.
  • Neither nominee has yet been confirmed by the Senate.
  • He is very appreciated by the Algerian women.
  • Enron Wind is unlikely to take any action if real progress is made by this Friday.
  • A calamity was avoided by sheer luck.
  • Acid strength is commonly measured by two methods.
  • All trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
  • These children are neglected by their parents
  • This service has been well received by our customers.
  • Terrestrial life was well established by the Carboniferous period.
  • His story was borne out by the facts.
  • However, inside current computational ranges (such as the counts of Carmichael numbers performed by Pinch up to 1021), these conjectures are not yet borne out by the data.
  • It is published by email.
  • We are related by blood.
  • Milk is sold by the pint.
  • Rice is sold by the kilogram.
  • Tom is paid by the hour.
  • The apples are sold by the dozen.
  • In Japan, we are paid by the month.
  • Yeah, this association was only established by our autopsy findings.
  • They came early, while the rest were simply tempted by the rewards.
  • They're political because they are informed by societal patriarchal principles.
  • He is handicapped by poor health.
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ID: PASSIVE_VOICE_SIMPLE [24]
Version: 6.4-SNAPSHOT (2023-12-03 16:45:42 +0000)