The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
Oh my god, best passive voice identification tool ever.
This is on par with the moment that I learned “the alligator always eats the bigger number” when determining whether to use greater than or less than sign.
Life changing shit, seriously.
ooooo, I have to remember this for my editing students.
Amusing, but while we’re at the ABCs, also baffling and confusing: How can anyone not immediately and instinctively understand the concept of the passive voice?
/FUCKING SIDE-EYES MONANOTLISA
But yes, keeping this for future reference.
Like, my school made my beleaguered English instructor teach us nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc in fucking eleventh grade out of goddamn nowhere. All that third grade stuff, we redid it all. So between stupid shit like that and all of the district’s required reading and the required ACT/SAT prep, we never got to How To Write. The reason my entire school thought I was some writing prodigy was only because I actually knew some basic shit from years of fandom, not because I was actually in any way exceptional.
gdi it really fucking pisses me off when someone condescends about education. If you went to a public school, you were fucked. If you went to a public school in a poor community, you were double fucked. see: the fact that I still can’t do anything above basic algebra.