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English is my second language and I largely depend on Grammarly for checking grammatical mistakes.

To create a new app, first, make sure your current working directory is same as where manage.py file is located. After that execute the following command.

I don't see any problem with this sentence, but Grammarly alerts me about "Passive Voice Misuse".

Please tell me is there any problem with this sentence.

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  • '...directory is the same as that in which is the manage.py file.' – Nigel J May 21 '18 at 12:23
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    Apart from adding "the" before "same" "manage.py", this seems perfectly OK to me. I don't know about Grammarly, but many grammar checkers will warn about any use of the passive (because they aren't very clever). – user184130 May 21 '18 at 12:44
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    It's wrongly identifying 'is located' here as a passive construction. Contrast 'The kitchen window was broken, we discovered when we arrived at the cottage.' and 'The kitchen window was broken by the golf-ball.' Only the second sentence uses the passive. – Edwin Ashworth May 21 '18 at 13:04
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    Wouldn’t it be better to say: “make sure your manage.py file is located in your current working directory”? More concise and much clearer to my mind. – Daniel Harbour May 21 '18 at 14:21
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    Any grammar checker you can use for free is worth what it costs. And plenty of ones that cost money are made to please Miss Fidditch or the Chicago Manual of Style rather than the writer of English sentences. BTW, there is no such thing as a "Passive Voice Misuse". Notice they didn't tell you what the "misuse" was? That's because it's bullshit. – John Lawler Jul 3 '18 at 4:15
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To create a new app, first make sure your current working directory is the same as where the manage.py file is located. After that**,** execute the following command**:**

I suspect Grammarly is treating make sure as passive. Be more direct:

Set your current working directory to the directory where manage.py is located and then execute the following command:

A technical documentation editor would either make this change or send it back and tell you to make it.

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    This answer seems to assume that writers have some kind of obligation to appease Grammarly. Given that Grammarly is in this case obviously mistaken, isn’t the only reasonable thing to simply ignore it? – jsw29 Jun 28 '18 at 16:53
  • I think Grammarly is right. The solution I provided starts with a real action verb. – swmcdonnell Jun 28 '18 at 20:28
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    No, I bet it thinks is located is "passive" simply because it contains be and a past participle. And then it bitches because it is under the delusion that all passive is "abuse". It it, in short, an idiot of a program. Don't appease a program whose very name is ungrammatical. There's nothing about the passive which is "abusive" and there's nothing about the sentence that needs recasting. Just turn the idiot program off. – tchrist Jul 3 '18 at 2:16

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