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Re: [Phys-L] passive or active voice

On 09/11/2013 02:06 PM, Bill Nettles wrote:
When you have students write a report of an experimental activity, do
you expect them to write primarily in active voice, passive voice, or
do you let them choose?

The only real requirement is clarity.
De gustibus non disputandum.

FWIW it hath been perceived by me that ye olde passive
voice hath largely gone by ye wayside, along with ye
electrical "condensers".

On 09/11/2013 02:30 PM, wrote:

the focus should be on the
experiment and not on the particular experimenters

That may be, but that's mostly a separate question. Very
often, you can focus /directly/ on the experiment, with no
need for active agency *or* passive agency:
"In the first set of measurements, the RMS
voltage was 1.23(45) volts."