Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Man Is Bitten

Bad Writing Was Done

“Why does English need the passive? Think of grammar as an app for converting a cluster of ideas into a string of words. English relies mainly on word order to do this: Dog bites man is different from Man bites dog.” 

—Stephen Pinker, professor, author and psychologist, “Passive Resistance: The active voice isn’t always the best choice,” The Atlantic, November 2014

Editorial Comment: Different how?

PeezPix by Ted Pease

Dog spots man dressed as bologna

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