Still doing the “research”:
This is from a blog post at Language Log, where Mark Liberman quotes the abstract for a course that his colleague, Geoff Pullum, was (in 2004, unfortunately) about to teach:
Try to imagine biological education being in a state where students are taught that whales are fish because that is judged easier for
Continue reading …and another bit of the same stuff.
You have no idea how annoying this is to me!
Or at least I assume none of my three regular readers have figured out, over the years, how annoying it is to me that so many people rant and rail against something that they call “passive voice,” or “passive tense,” or “passive verbs,” all the while
Continue reading “Active” vs “Passive” Round N, or “Once more into the breach, my friends!”
There’s at least one thing more amusing than people ranting and railing against passive voice:
…the fact that they can’t even identify it.
[P]eople disagree with me when I point out such things (over and over again, like a CD that has gotten stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuck), and ask rhetorically where on
Continue reading Another Jab at the Passive Phantom