Changing from passive voice to active voice

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How do I change "dragged into court" into the active voice?

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Imagine attempting to implement the same strategy during the litigation process, when all issues and all persons involved are dragged into court at an assigned date, time, and docket number.
asked Apr 11 '12 at 15:02 Liz Tramonte New member

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I agree with Lewis.  I don't think you mean that they are literally dragged into court by someone (also passive).

link comment answered Apr 11 '12 at 15:37 Jody M. Expert
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I second the others, but I will attempt to take a stab at it.

 

Imagine attempting to implement the same strategy during the litigation process.  The whole legal process drags all issues and all persons involved into court at an assigned date, time, and docket number.

 

I ran it through Grammarly.  It liked the structure, but didn't like all the words.  Plus I found ways to make it more concise.

 

Imagine attempting the same strategy during litigation. The entire legal process drags all issues and persons involved into court at an assigned date, time, and docket number.

 

Also, I just spotted something.  The "at" only makes sense with two of the items on the list.  You can do things at a date or at a time, but can you do things at a number?  I agree with Tolley on this part.

link comment edited Apr 11 '12 at 17:44 Courtney Contributor
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Might I ask why you would want to change it into active? There are times when passive voice works better and this is one of them, in my opinion. And the others are right in spotting the 'at'. Surely, you could be assigned a docket number but not dragged into court at a docket number.

link comment answered Apr 11 '12 at 23:03 A Clil To Climb Contributor

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