passive-voice

detect passive voice

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npm module for detecting passive voice.
Based on this shell script.

Install

npm install passive-voice

Use

var passive = require('passive-voice');

var problems = passive('He was judged.');
// problems -> [{ index: 3, offset: 10 }]

The Preposition "By"

In scientific writing, it's sometimes more reasonable to use passive voice:
The mixture was heated to 300°C.

Still, it's easy to restate with an active voice passive constructions followed by the preposition "by."
For example:
The mixture was heated by the apparatus to 300°C.

Versus:
The apparatus headed the mixture to 300°C.

For this case, you can pass { by: true } as a second argument to passive to only flag such constructions as problematic:
var passive = require('passive-voice');

var problems = passive('The mixture was heated to 300°C.');
// problems -> []

var problems = passive('The mixture was heated by the apparatus to 300°C.');
// problems -> [{ index: 12, offset: 13 }]

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License

MIT