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Passive verbs in PS, DS, optional essays

Passive verbs in PS, DS, optional essays
« on: February 05, 2008, 08:51:09 AM »
What's the guideline or rule on passive verbs in these essays?  I remember that the English teachers in UG always preached the importance of action verbs for strong writing - NO PASSIVE VERBS.  Just wondering what the opinion of the board is on this.

Re: Passive verbs in PS, DS, optional essays
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 11:40:08 AM »
There's probably no use for passive verbs in a personal statement. 

You want to be doing stuff, telling stuff about yourself.  Passive verbs, to me, only seem occasionally useful for conditional statements or other bet hedging.  I can't see why you'd need that in your PS.

Re: Passive verbs in PS, DS, optional essays
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 11:42:47 AM »
I used some, but only when it was necessary for the flow of the sentence.  I don't think they will make or break your essays.