Down for the day. Fan of N. Frye, KJB, Frances the badger, Frog and Toad, and other such tremendous classic works by legendary scribblers.Questions and/or Comments
We now know that telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. Linguistic research has shown that the passive construction has a number of indispensable functions because of the way it engages a reader’s attention and memory. A skilled writer should know what those functions are and push back against copy editors who, under the influence of grammatically naïve style guides, blue-pencil every passive construction they spot into an active one.
Harvard psycholinguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker on the art and science of beautiful writing(via explore-blog)
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