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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    This is inversion, not passive voice (I think). "My worst nightmare" is a predicate nominative.

    I am told by something that I should maybe shut my pie hole.

    It is believed that sentiment is also expressed as "cake hole."

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    How was this thread missed by me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    How was this thread missed by me?
    When this thread was created, perhaps your attention was sought elsewhere. However, it is widely (or maybe not so widely) believed to be a good thread idea.
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    It is assumed by me that perhaps other important real world affairs (such as Internet gossip) happening elsewhere confronted Ivy with important obligations and thus this thread had become missed by her.

    However, special thanks should be issued toward my credit for making the existence of this thread become known once again, as it is believed by many that the importance of this thread far outweighs other issues at hand.

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    Thanks are being offered to Uber on this great day. It is also important to note that when training in journalistic writing has been experienced, it becomes extremely difficult to write in the passive voice.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
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    It is important that when we arrive, no apricots are in our chairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thursday View Post
    It is important that when we arrive, no apricots are in our chairs.
    Your sentiments are shared by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    The passive voice is desirable in some fields, including science, as it is believed that this enhances objectivity[1]. A slightly more active voice is occasionally preffered to increase readability, but a fully active voice is uncommon, and such styles may be perceived as unusual or out of place by readers accustomed to the fully passive voice.
    As noted above, scientists (including the humble writer of this missive) are encouraged to use the passive voice in all of their communications. It can be frustrating for others who wish for a more definite response, but it is important to hedge one's bets and proffer all alternative explanations for a perceived situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apollanaut View Post
    As noted above, scientists (including the humble writer of this missive) are encouraged to use the passive voice in all of their communications. It can be frustrating for others who wish for a more definite response, but it is important to hedge one's bets and proffer all alternative explanations for a perceived situation.
    The author of this post wishes to agree with Apollanaut. Journalistic training feels wrong to the ex-scientist who has been inculcated with writing in the passive voice. It is still a useful skill for prevaricating when a direct response is required but unable to be given by the author.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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    English language is very hard for me.

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