Asked • 03/14/19

Is using passive voice "bad form"?

Whenever I create a document in Microsoft Word, it complains about a lot of my sentences being in passive voice. But, when I read that sentence aloud, it sounds fine to me. I am not sure if it is just me and will a statement in passive voice sound strange to a native speaker? So, my question is, is it considered bad form to use passive voice generally? Or in some specific cases like written communications only? If it is ok to use passive voice, then why does MS-Word complain?

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Curtis S. answered • 03/14/19

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