Use of the passive voice

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I have a problem with use of the passive voice in the following example: “Essentially, the tax return is comprised of credits that would be otherwise phased out.”

asked Mar 30 '11 at 23:33 John Cornwell New member

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I assume a checking program told you there was a passive voice problem here, but there isn't. That sentence is in the active voice and is quite correct. Your only problem is that you're using "comprised" wrong. Something may consist of other things, or be composed of other things, but it only comprises other things:

 

“Essentially, the tax return comprises credits that would be otherwise phased out.”

 

If you think your readers may believe that is incorrect usage (and they probably will), use "composed of" or "consits of" instead.

link comment answered Mar 31 '11 at 00:43 Collane Ramsey Expert

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