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How to allow passive voice in writing (Word)

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As a consultant, you’re trying to stay independent, not taking sides and avoiding direct speech. You position yourself as ‘the situation’. Consequently, you’re going to be writing a lot of passive sentences. If you’re tired of the blue lines under your sentences in Microsoft Word, I present you an easy solution: simply disable the passive voice writing style checker :-).

In the passive voice, according to Wikipedia, the noun or noun phrase that would be the object of a corresponding active sentence appears as the subject of a sentence. Here are examples I took from the Ashford University website.

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Microsoft Office (2013+, English) checks for passive voice. If you want to disable it, take the following steps:

  • Go to File > Options
  • Select Proofing
  • Click on the button Settings
  • Scroll down to ‘Passive Sentences’ and uncheck the box in front of it.

Press Ok twice and write away!

Great success!

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