passive voice, contractions, microsoft word 2012 program


According to William Strunk Jr. book, "The Elements of Style" 4th edition, the use of the active voice without some passive voice becomes forcible reading. He encourages to allow some passive voice. These statements are on pages 17, 18.

According to The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition, page 633, number 13.37, contractions are best used in dialogue or narration.

I have Microsoft Word 2012 program that marks commars at and at times and apparently not other times. As well, it spells areola this way as does the free dictionary on line.

I used "to be" and it came back with redundant use.

So, please tell me, who do I believe?

See example:

The top of Katrina's head, as he looked down to her, brought back memory of temptation in wanting to touch her on the beach; and he ran his hands beneath her gown, slowly massaging her abdomen.
asked Oct 29 '12 at 18:47 Dot Yates New member

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The fear of being buried alive is perhaps as old as the fear of death itself. Vic told me a story that happened in Chicago when she was there last year. A young man was in a train accident and near death. When he was transported to the hospital, one of his eyes was hanging from the socket; he was completely covered in blood, and was banged up so bad you knew he was either dead or close to death. The doctor checked his vital signs, declared him dead, and covered the man’s body with a sheet. He told the nurse on duty to push the body into the corner of the emergency room and call the hospital morgue to have the body picked up.

link comment answered Jan 24 '13 at 12:49 Marsha Stewart New member

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