Editorial Thoughts


Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

Passive vs. Active Voice

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on October 28th, 2019

When writing, active voice is considered better than passive voice. If you’re not sure of the difference, I’ll explain via these examples.

Passive voice: The cookies were made by Sue.
Active voice: Sue made the cookies.

Active voice is more powerful. It gives power to the person, animal, or thing taking the action, instead of the action happening to them. I always try to remember to use active voice when writing. However, it occurred to me the other day that I don’t use active voice often enough in my life.

In my last Editorially Yours column, I wrote about the time I spend studying for my WSET Level 3 course. I wrote about how I’d use the knowledge I gain. What I didn’t write was my initial thought: I don’t know where this wine learning will lead me.

As that thought crossed my mind, I stopped myself and pondered. Is this the best way to think about my future career? I knew the answer instantly. The best way to think about my future career is how I will direct it.

I understand there are many things in this life that I can’t control, but I definitely can help determine my career. I don’t say that in an idealistic, ivory tower way where I suddenly open a winery that is amazingly successful and receives kudos around the world. What I mean is that I can choose the direction in which I’d like to focus my career.

How do I want to use this knowledge? I don’t have an answer to that just yet, but I know for certain that I will make that decision. I won’t wait for something to come my way or for someone to make a suggestion. I’ll take the lead and find my way.

Bye bye, passive voice. Hello, active voice!


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