Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dangers of the passive voice and slippery articles

"The patient recently had a husband die."

This painfully passive-voice remark with it's odd use of "a" was thought about by me, and it was wanted by me to be finished in an interesting way, such as: 

"... but the patient still has two husbands who are not dead, so she is having her  garbage taken out by one and having her lawn mowed by the other." 

(In case it can't be noticed by you, the passive voice is much utilized by medical professionals but is detested here at Horse HQ.)

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