Virginia Jim Rhodes: Active or passive? Depends on where you wish to place emphasis, on the actor (subject) or the one acted upon (object). An active verb can convey a powerful message. The most powerful sentence ever written is “Jesus wept”. A subject and an active verb conveying intense emotion. Now for the passive—Isaiah’s mighty prophecy: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” And what editor would dare touch this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”
Bournemouth Dr W.D. Cremin: As a ship doctor, I introduced breathalysers on the Queen Elizabeth II in 1972 to help determine whether waiters were pouring soup into passengers’ laps due to inebriation or Atlantic swells. The fact that far...