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The book is wrong, wrong, wrong!
I have, on occasion, encountered minor problems teaching the passive voice to first-year Latin students. A typical reaction to its introduction is: "But my Grade 10 English teacher said not to put things in the passive, 'cause it's weak!" I sigh inwardly and point out A) that they're learning Latin, not English, and B) that there is no reason to be allergic to the passive voice in English either. It's using the passive voice badly that's the problem!Anyway, that's a great link; thanks for posting it!
Fowler's Modern English Usage is much, much better. And it even uses proper spelling.
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