The passive voice is a grammatical form that is more indirect than the active voice. In the passive voice, the attention is taken away from the subject of the sentence. While this construction is sometimes less clear, it can also convey a polite and more formal tone. In many professions (such as the health professions) the passive voice is used as a way to ensure objectivity. For example: “Your help is appreciated” (passive) or “I appreciate your help” (active).
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