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Archive for November, 2009

Michael Gorman’s Open Letter to the Church in the US

Go read this right now!

“We” Do Not Have Troops: An Open Letter to the Church in the U.S. « Cross Talk ~ crux probat omnia.

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Passives are OK

The passive is of course perfectly respectable, and there is no reason to try to avoid it. (To say that it shouldn’t be over-used, or it shouldn’t be used where it is inappropriate, doesn’t distinguish it from any other construction or expression.) It would be quite peculiar for there to be a way of constructing clauses, well known to everyone, that was generally not appropriate for use. If everyone who understood how to use the language well could see that the passive was not fit to be used, its survival down the centuries would be almost inexplicable.

Passives.