Anyone rather here having actually trouble obtaining their SOP the end of the passive and into the energetic voice? Bah, i have always gotten away through using the passive in mine BA and MA papers, and also now I"m mad the my professors didn"t get on me for the earlier. Ns am having actually so lot trouble composing the SOP now due to the fact that I"m writing in a way that feels for this reason unnatural (using the active), also though it must be 2nd nature through now.

The over-use that the passive voice has actually made that become obvious that English 101 requirements to taken once again.

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captiv8ed 63


Posted November 28, 2009

captiv8ed

MacchiatoMembers444 postsProgram:Sociology
Posted November 28, 2009

Luckily mine mentor is certain over-the-top around active voice. I have learned to live in fear of the passive. Yet I have actually noticed ~ above applyingtograd ~ above livejournal that a lot of of people write their SOPs in the passive voice and most commenters do not react to it.


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Posted November 28, 2009

glasses

MochaMembers204 posts
Posted November 28, 2009

I have learned to live in fear of the passive.


Me too.


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ridgey 14


Posted November 28, 2009

ridgey

MochaMembers391 postsProgram:Globe-trotter
Posted November 28, 2009

I don"t think the passive is miscellaneous to be avoided ~ above principle. The difficulty is that its use regularly paints the writer into a corner and makes for awkward writing. If this is a problem for you, then try to un-awkwardise her writing, and the passive may disappear. If your writing, even in the passive, is clear, climate why bother?

Some techniques favour the passive. Review the methods section of a scientific record "X, Y and Z were inserted in a beaker. After 22 minutes kryptonite to be added. Extract D underwent electrophoresis." (Yes, ns realise that would be a important bizzarre experiment!)


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UnlikelyGrad 216


Posted November 30, 2009

UnlikelyGrad

Latte MacchiatoMembers967 postsLocation:COApplication Season:Already AttendingProgram:Ph.D. Geochemistry
Posted November 30, 2009

Some disciplines favour the passive. Check out the techniques section that a scientific document "X, Y and Z were placed in a beaker. After 22 minute kryptonite was added. Extract D underwent electrophoresis." (Yes, i realise that would be a truly bizzarre experiment!)


LOL!!

I do have a tendency to shift back and forth (active/passive) if I"m creating in third person. I solved this by composing my SoP in very first person. Ns think the turned the end pretty well. (I was only welcomed at 4/9 schools however a couple of the other 5 stated that they more than likely would have accepted me had actually they no been overwhelmed by applications critical year.)

If you space any an excellent at narrative writing, I"d introduce a first-person SoP.


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KieBelle 12


Posted November 30, 2009

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Espresso ShotMembers97 postsLocation:USA
Posted November 30, 2009

IMO, passive voice has no ar in a SOP. You room trying to to convince the reader that you space confident and also prepared. Making use of passive voice implies simply the opposite. "I expect to", "I think I will", etc... Blech. That sort of writing simply sounds wimpy.


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Posted November 30, 2009

ridgey

MochaMembers391 postsProgram:Globe-trotter
Posted November 30, 2009

IMO, passive voice has actually no place in a SOP. You space trying to convince the leader that you space confident and prepared. Utilizing passive voice implies just the opposite. "I expect to", "I think I will", etc... Blech. That kind of writing simply sounds wimpy.


I agree that more powerful language is better. But the examples you offer aren"t passive voice. "I hope to examine chocolate"s effect on mine mood in Cool doctor Program" is still energetic voice. "The effect of coco on my mood will be studied in my time in ~ Cool phd program" is stronger, in the it"s no wishy-washy, however is the passive voice.


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Posted November 30, 2009

Pamphilia

MochaMembers286 postsApplication Season:Already AttendingProgram:English PhD
Posted November 30, 2009

"The result of chocolate on my mood will be studied in my time at Cool phd program" is stronger, in that it"s not wishy-washy, however is the passive voice.

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Okay, so i just had this yes, really long and also totally brilliant an answer all written and also ready to post, when my computer crashed. Gah. The long and short of the is: the passive voice can be efficient if provided sparingly and also deliberately (see this clause), yet if you use it too often or unconsciously, it will considerably weaken her writing. There are, also, part venues and also genres of writing in i beg your pardon passive constructions are not only acceptable, however necessary (see the science instance given in this thread). However, those are details styles and genres that require passive constructions--once again--for a reason. A statement of purpose is a file in which i would avoid using the passive voice uneven you usage it because that a really details reason. It deserve to be tough to stop these constructions, particularly when we"re all trying to compose this mask that seeming humility when flaunting our accomplishments.

The above example around chocolate is, in fact, a really weak construction due to the fact that it lacks an individual agency. The is, the speaker below has declined to take duty for her/his scholarship: "The result of chocolate will be studied..." through whom? It makes it sound choose the speaker will simply sit ago and enable the impacts of coco to be studied quite than taking any kind of initiative to examine them him/herself. And, imagine if us were to include the personal agent come this construction: "The effects of chocolate will be learned by me." supervisor awkward! If you want to protect against the "wishy-washy," you need to say other like, "I will research the effects of chocolate." However, depending upon your palate, this might be a little too bold.