Nine Basic Ways to Improve Your Style in Academic Writing

1. Use ACTIVE VOICE Don’t say: “The stepmother’s house was cleaned by Cinderella.” (Passive.) Say instead: “Cinderella cleaned the stepmother’s house.” (Active voice.) Passive voice construction (“was cleaned”) is reserved for those occasions where the “do-er” of the action is unknown. Example: “Prince Charming saw the glass slipper that was […]