For lawyers, writers, and researchers, passive voice can be the right choice. Or not.
Finding The Passive Voice
The Zombie Rule: Examples
- Those dishes have already been washed [by zombies]. (Yep.)
- The court ruled the statute was [by zombies] unconstitutional. (Nope.)
- The rumor didn't spread by itself - it was leaked [by zombies] in social media. (Yep.)
- SCOTUS released [by zombies] its opinion today. (Nope.)
Passive Voice Has Its Place
- creating an authoritative tone; or
- emphasizing the action rather than the actor.