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Voices. Dynamism and Reporting. Voices . Sakuya pinched Meiling’s cheek. Meiling’s cheek was pinched by Sakuya . Do both sentences have the same meaning? What’s the difference? Which of the two seems to denote more action? . Voices . Voices . Consider the following:

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voices

Voices

Dynamism and Reporting

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  • Sakuya pinched Meiling’s cheek.
  • Meiling’s cheek was pinched by Sakuya.
  • Do both sentences have the same meaning?
  • What’s the difference?
  • Which of the two seems to denote more action?
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Consider the following:

  • The angel struck down King Sennacherib’s army of 185,000 soldiers.
  • King Sennacherib’s army of 185,000 soldiers was struck down by the angel.
    • What is the difference in the “feel” given by the sentences?
    • The passive voice sometimes ends up slightly awkward, especially if the sentence is meant to be action-packed.
    • It sounds like a news report, which is typically not very exciting if compared to a novel.
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Consider the following:

  • The scientists mixed 500 ml of HCl into 1 liter of H20.
  • 500 ml of HCl was mixed into 1 liter of H2O.
  • In this case, the first sentence sounds awkward because it “tries” to be exciting, yet the presence of the chemical symbols and measurements makes it come off as unnecessarily detailed for a literary narration.
  • The second is more proper for a scientific lab report, as it has a more objective tone.