I have a press release that I've been asked to edit to remove passive voice. Having done some research via the Internet, I'm not entirely sure how to best change this sentence:

"We have gained many new responsibilities by being incorporated."

Any support would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    There is no passive voice in the sentence you quote. Find employment with more literate employers.
    – choster
    Apr 20, 2018 at 2:10
  • Being incorporated can be parsed as passive, but the sentence itself is active voice.
    – KarlG
    Apr 20, 2018 at 4:06
  • @KarlG I s'pose the can was a considered word there. Because in this case, there need be no passive at all.
    – Kris
    Apr 20, 2018 at 8:49

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Use "incorporation" instead?

Something like "Incorporation has afforded us many exciting new responsibilities and possibilities"?

  • You could mark my answer as correct? :-) Perhaps invert responsibilities and possibilities?
    – Vérace
    Apr 20, 2018 at 19:30
  • Sorry, got sidetracked — upvoted and marked! Apr 20, 2018 at 20:12

"Being incorporated," since it refers to the act of incorporation, can be parsed as passive here. You can rewrite it as,

"We have gained many new responsibilities by incorporating."

Or even better:

"Incorporating gives us many new responsibilities."

  • Neither gives the specific meaning of "being/ getting incorporated".
    – Kris
    Apr 20, 2018 at 8:51
  • Much appreciate the examples! Apr 20, 2018 at 19:09

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