why is the word "was" such an issue
suggestions for change
Maternal consent was required for participation in the study.
To move it to active voice you would write, "To participate in the study, maternal consent [was/is] required." Tense of the verb would depend on what you're using in your paragraph or paper. Whether you participate in the study today or participated last month, consent is required (assumption).
|link||answered Sep 30 '12 at 02:08 Kim Jackson New member|
Patty's sentence is a grammatically valid, active version. However, since it was (probably) the people undertaking the study who stipulated that maternal consent was required, not the study, the sense has been changed. You should be careful not to scarifice logic and clarity in the persuit of a "passive-free" text, as in this case you would probably lose marks as a direct result.
|link comment||answered Sep 30 '12 at 21:14 Peter Guess Expert|
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