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This is a grammar term that pseudo-intellectuals claim needs to be adhered to in all circumstances. Yet, there are a multitude of circumstances in which the passive voice would be clearer to the listen/reader and would make more sense to use.
active voice: Jon stabbed Alan.

passive voice: Alan was stabbed by Jon.
by Benjamin Washington February 13, 2009

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