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Fundamentals of Business Writing by Yvonne V Chabrier, Joseph Mancuso

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9Step IV: Revise Your Writing: Clarify Subjects and Verbs

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Convert the passive voice into the active voice.

• Convert weak verbs into strong ones.

“All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players.”

—William Shakespeare

OLD ATTITUDE

Write in an impersonal style to sound more businesslike. Construct sentences in which the subject is passive. Avoid focusing attention on people. Be guarded in assigning responsibility to yourself or others. Use weak verbs.

NEW ATTITUDE

Write in a personal style. Construct sentences in which the subject is active. Focus attention ...

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