Lecturers, teachers - educators often emphasize the importance of writing in the active voice. Ever wondered why?
Writing in the active voice makes the reader feel involved and the message gets transmitted quickly. Usually, reports are not written in the passive voice (ayat pasif) because that will only cause readers to feel tired. In other words, get to the point by writing in the active voice.
According to plainlanguage.gov (n.d.):
To know whether you are writing in the active or passive voice, identify the subject of the sentence and decide whether the subject is doing the action or being acted upon.
Passive Voice: the subject is the receiver of the action.
The tax return (subject) was completed (action) before the April 15 deadline by Mr. Doe.
Active Voice: the subject does an action to an object.
Mr. Doe (subject) completed (action) the tax return (object) before the April 15 deadline.