|Consider these three pairs of sentences:
The report was read by Betty.
A decision was made to stop the project.
The passive voice should be avoided.
Now, ask yourself: which of the two sentences in each set sounds better to you — and why?
In general, the active voice (represented by the second sentence
in each pair) is preferable to the passive voice (represented by the first
sentence in each pair) because the active voice tends to be simpler, clearer
and more direct. The active voice also makes for more forceful and interesting
writing. Thus, we say: Avoid the passive. Favor the active.