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Section 6.15.4

Inappropriate Shifts in Voice

Be consistent in your choice of voice. A shift in voice without reason will confuse your reader. For example, do not combine a passive voice clause with an active voice clausein the same sentence. See also Lack of Parallelism.


Weak

The researchers will drill a succession of holes in theseafloor and thin pipes will be extended through which theresearchers will lower equipment for sending sound waves through the rock andhydrate deposits.

Improved

The researchers will drill a succession of holes in theseafloor and they will extend thin pipes through which theywill lower equipment for sending sound waves through the rock and hydratedeposits.

--David Graham, "Harvesting Natural Gas from the Ocean Floor," Technology Review


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