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    Avoiding Shifts in Sentence Construction: Shift in Voice

    Thursday, October 07, 2010

    Shift in voice is mixing active with passive voice.

    As we searched the warehouse for damage, a broken window was discovered.
    (Searched is in the active voice, while was discovered is in the passive voice.)
    As we searched the warehouse for damage, we discovered a broken window.
    (Both verbs are in the active voice.)

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 326, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 76)