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  • adj. Attributive form of passive voice, noun.


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  • I've actually taken to doing global searches on words ending and "ly" and passive-voice words like "was," "were" and "had," looking to see if there's any way to elminate them and make the sentences where they appear more actrive and vivid.

    Advice for young writers

  • Whatever your thoughts on the larger questions, seems like this kind of reliance on vague passive-voice assertions by nobody in particular would be troubling.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Opinio Juris Discussions of Targeting of US Citizen

  • I know I'm not the first blogger to use that headline, but that's all I could come up with when I saw this headline from the AP: Documents contradict Gonzales 'testimonyThat's a passive-voice way of saying that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he testified earlier this week.


  • My daughter had some teeth-gritting moments in her freshman English class in college, in which all of her passive-voice verbs were marked off.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Spurious Grammatical “Rules” of Every Sort Are My Abhorrence

  • Since AOL is due to become the world's biggest music company after the Time Warner purchase, this wouldn't do; so, in the ominous passive-voice confirmation of an AOL spokes-person, the program "was taken down."

    The Man Can't Stop Our Music

  • Sounds a lot like "Mistakes were made," the classic passive-voice dodge by Drunky McStagger.

    KSFO live-blog thread #2

  • The first messages arrived Saturday with subject lines such as "Armenian Genocide Plagues Ankara 90 Years On," "Multi-Kulturell = Multi-Kriminell" and "Dresden Bombing Is to Be Regretted Enormously," the latter being a classic example of the passive-voice sentence that sounds as mellifluous in German as it sounds ridiculous in English.

    May 2005

  • Actually, a real apology, and not a passive-voice CYA non-apology, would be a good start.


  • Huckabee issues fake passive-voice CYA apology to ...


  • Huckabee issues fake passive-voice CYA apology to dead rape victims' families by on



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