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Which one is the right sentence for a paper?

We believe that our method can be an informed choice to use as starter program for...

We believe that our method can be an informed choice to be used as starter program for...

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  • I’m afraid that proofreading is explicitly off-topic here. See the FAQ for details, and tips how to rewrite your question into something that would be acceptable. – tchrist Dec 9 '12 at 19:45
  • I don't understand either sentence. Please give more context. – Matt E. Эллен Dec 10 '12 at 13:11
  • @tchrist: this is not a proofreading question, it's a word-choice question. (Looking at the edit history, this was clearly not a proofreading question even as it was originally asked.) – Marthaª Dec 10 '12 at 23:47
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Both sentences are grammatically and semantically acceptable (with the minor quibbles, how can a method be a choice? and, how is a method a program?), but both are clumsy. Instead say (eg)

We believe our method is useful as a starter program for...
or
We believe our method is a useful starter program for...

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Although both are syntactically and semantically correct, active (voice) is more vivid and thus more noticed in paper.

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  • That may be true; nevertheless, the passive voice is sometimes preferable. – Robusto Dec 10 '12 at 2:28
  • I think preference may be in the case where there exists a tendency to hide (or set behind the scene) the actor(for malevolence,incognizance,politeness and other special case only). – SIslam Dec 10 '12 at 3:04

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