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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Passive Voice is Avoided by Me and it Should be Avoided by You in Conversational English.

Avoid the passive voice in most conversation situations.

(No thank you 受動態.)

Unless you are a scientist making a presentation of data, 
the king or queen of a country,
a leader of a religion,
don't use it.

Sample junior high school text line:
"Cheeseburgers are loved by everyone."

Use the active voice in most conversation situations.
"Everyone loves cheeseburgers!"

Passive voice is often complex and unclear.

Complex and unclear = easy to make saying and understanding mistakes.

I don't know about language teaching in other non-English speaking countries but …

Japanese classrooms LOVE the passive voice because it is a brain buster on tests. 
It is anti-English because it makes communication difficult.
It is anti-English because it makes students suffer no confidence.