Use an active voice

Using the active voice means being clear about who (the ‘actor’) is doing what (the ‘action’). For example, ‘The ball was kicked’ is passive, as we don’t know who kicked the ball. ‘The teacher kicked the ball’ is active.

Writing in the active voice gives the reader more information, and it also adds accountability to your message.

Active: We made mistakes.
Passive: Mistakes were made.
Active: FedUni residential students raised $500 towards a very worthy cause.
Passive: $500 was raised towards a very worthy cause.

When the action is more important than the actor, the passive voice is appropriate. For example, ‘The new library will be opened in January’, is passive, but the important message is that the library will be opened, not who is opening it.