The Book Mechanic
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The Book Mechanic

Active Voice vs. Passive Voice

How to tell the difference

There seems to be a lot of confusion among newer writers about what qualifies as active voice. There are those who seem to think the word “was” is on the forbidden usage list, and they’ll search their manuscript with the intent of slashing any sentence that includes the word.

Zombie rules



Down-and-dirty growth strategies for commercial writers and creators, with a blue collar work ethic, and a no-nonsense voice.

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Lynda Dietz

Copyeditor. Grammar thug in the nicest, kindest way. I’m not scary, even for an editor. Find me at