Passive voice sentence help

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I need help changing this sentence from the passive voice.

See example:

Productivity is defined as yielding results, benefits, or profits.
asked Sep 20 '13 at 03:38 Zenobia Dixon New member

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I don't think you need to change this, Zenobia.  Passive voice is correct grammar, but it is usually not the preferred way to write a sentence. In this case, it makes perfect sense to have it in passive voice.

If you need to change, you must introduce a new subject to define productivity. I'll use 'people'.

 

People define productivity as yielding results, benefits, or profits.

link answered Sep 20 '13 at 10:42 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks for the help. I thought the sentence was correct, but grammarly told me to modify it. Your example did, however, clear some things up for me.

Zenobia DixonSep 20 '13 at 19:56

I just made a typing error. I should have used the word productive instead.

Zenobia DixonSep 20 '13 at 20:16

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With respect to Mr. Niedhardt, this clearly looks like a formal writing.

I dont know when in casual writing I would say, "Productivity is defined as..."

That being said; I don't like to be told how to format my writing for formal/informal writing unless it makes sense to me.  It makes sense to me here.

 

WHAT IS YOUR STINKIN' SOURCE?

 

Did you pull this definition from the freaking ether?

Maybe that is why you can't figure out how to change it to active voice--because you don't have an authority other than the mythical faery that copulated with your demented iris which allowed for a magic-induced vision of a credible definition.

 

What do I mean?

Dictionary.com defines productivity as the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.

 

Note that I didn't use the same definition as you because I used a different authority and it provided a different definition.

SOURCES SOURCES SOURCES SOURCES

link answered Sep 20 '13 at 11:28 Aaron Prejean Expert

Formal writing is correct. I too don't like my writing to be restricted by format. I forgot what source i used, but i will make reference. Totally understand your examples. Thanks for your response.

Zenobia DixonSep 20 '13 at 20:05

I just made a typing error. I should have used the word productive instead.

Zenobia DixonSep 20 '13 at 20:17

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