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Passive voice in academic writing; why is it not recommended? [duplicate]

When writing academic papers in English I use three different spelling and proofreading tools: Word, Grammarly, and Ginger. In the settings of all these tools, I specify that the document is an ...
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Is this passive voice misuse? [duplicate]

What is wrong with this? I have quintupple checked it, but grammarly tells me that I have passive voice misuse. Can someone help? "The Japanese were warned that one of their cities, Hiroshima, ...
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how do I transform “that can be used” into active voice? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: The SuperAPI is the API that can be used to configure a Higher-Order model. When this sentence exists in a Microsoft® Office 365 Word document, the grammar ...
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Proper use of passive and active voices? [duplicate]

My question is when passive voice is preferred over active voices and vice versa? I remember that I was taught that in scientific writings, passive voice was preferred over active voice. Is it ...
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How do you fix the passive voice in this sentence [duplicate]

I wrote this sentence: Because of his low weight, Gabe was still being nurtured instead of being named. And Word underlined the bold part saying I was using passive voice and I don't know how to fix ...
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Passive Voice Misuse [duplicate]

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 ...
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Passive voice misuse for technical documentation [duplicate]

I am writing technical documents (user requirements, user guides etc) often and MS Word and Grammarly often give me an error message "Passive voice misuse". For example: Function X is shown in this ...
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Should I use passive voice in academic writing? [duplicate]

Yesterday I learned that it is better to use active voice instead of passive voice in writing. Well today I had an academic essay test and I used active verbs throughout the whole essay. She told ...
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Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation

As I'm not a native speaker and just finishing my dissertation in Computer Science, I wonder what style I should be using. In German (my native tongue) most dissertations, school-books and scientific ...
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How would I change the following sentence to active form?

I've been told that it's always better to turn sentences to active form (at least in fiction writing). How can I turn the following sentence to active form? Sophia was woken up by the rattling ...
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What are the effects of the passive voice other than changing emphasis?

As this excellent answer points out, the passive voice can change the emphasis of a sentence from the subject to an object. That seems to be its primary function: this other answer provides an example ...
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Passive voice warning - grammerly

I'm currently writing my thesis and checking my grammar with Grammarly software. English isn't my first language and I'm always getting a warning saying the sentence is written in the passive voice ...
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When to use passive and active voice [closed]

When is it better to use passive voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use active voice in writing and speech?
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Potential issues with passive voice usage [duplicate]

I checked the grammar of my research article using a leading software. This is my sentence: A total of 12.3 million sequences was used for the establishment of database. The error is: 'Potential ...
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How to covert “My belief was shattered by the same rock called reality” to active voice?

The Hemingway editor asks me convert all passive voices to active voices. Is it recommended to do that 1. in all cases 2. in this case Why is it stressed that we use active voice?