HOW TO CONVERT PASSIVE SENTENCES

Often, writers tend to use passives unnecessarily, more from habit than by conscious choice. Converting unneeded passives to actives will make the writing appear cleaner and more confident. Following are three ways to convert passive sentences to active sentences.

1. Reverse the order within the clause or sentence.

The modification of the primary power unit and the reserve battery backup will be supervised by Senior Design Specialist Edwin Moore. A detailed description of the stratification process and its detrimental effect on transverse layering is presented on page 29 of the Appendix. Every item of furniture in Mr.
Jackson's and Ms. Burnside's
offices was completely covered
by a heavy layer of fine dust particles.
Senior Design Specialist Edwin Moore will supervise the modification of the primary power unit and the reserve battery backup. Page 29 of the Appendix presents a detailed description of the stratification process and its detrimental effect on transverse layering. A heavy layer of fine dust particles completely covered every item of furniture in Mr. Jackson's and Ms. Burnside's offices.

2. Change the verb.

Mandatory inspection requirements are expected to give added emphasis to coating consistency and overall color quality. The water pressure test can be thought of as a means to "fault - proof" the design configuration prior to large-scale vessel manufacture. Crystallization was observed to take place when evaporation reduced the liquid content in the tube to less than 5 percent of its original volume.
Mandatory inspection requirements will probably emphasize coating consistency and overall color quality. The water pressure test serves to "fault proof" the design configuration prior to large - scale vessel manufacture. Crystallization occurred when evaporation reduced the liquid content in the tube to less than 5 percent of its original volume.

3. Rethink the sentence.

To ensure that differences in perception are acknowledged in our data analysis, a comparison of employee and management responses to the survey will be made. Special consideration must be given to the needs of personnel in our shipping department who face the prospect of longer hours and an increased workload. A malfunction usually occurs when the copy machine on the main floor is operated by personnel who are not familiar with the technicalities of its operation.
Comparing employee and management responses to the survey will ensure that we have considered differences in perception in our data analysis. Personnel who face the prospect of longer hours and an increased workload deserve our special consideration. To reduce the possibility of copy machine malfunction, please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the technicalities of its operation.