Passive Voice Is Dangerous. These Examples Show Why.

It’s time to stop trying so hard to say nothing at all

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill speaks during a press conference to announce the termination of officer Daniel Pantaleo on August 19, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

“The suspect was seen running near the scene of the crime.” “The suspect was shot.” “Mistakes were made.”

Can we talk about the passive voice for a second?