Active Verbs, Voice, Subject-Verb-Object S-V-O
Writing in S-V-O order allows the reader to flow forward through the sentence with power and clarity.
“The professor gave the student an A.” This ACTIVE sentence is shorter and more powerful than the passive sentence: “The student was given an A by the professor.”
Another example. How would you make the following sentence active?
“The student was given a scholarship by SMC.”
You would flip it to make it active: “SMC gave the student a scholarship.”
Some journalists will print and comb through their articles, drawing a circle around every use of the passive verb "to be." Then they rewrite the sentences to make them active.
This is also useful for research paper writing. A thesis statement with active verbs will impress your readers (and professor)
About AP Style
Journalists (and public relations professionals) need to write using AP Style, which stands for the Associated Press style. It's a uniform style used across many publications and websites. The style guide tells you how to write addresses (1900 Pico Blvd.), dollar amounts ($27 million), punctuation, abbreviation, capitalization and much, much more.
The Associated Press is an association of thousands of news organizations that share stories. For example, I wrote a story at the Santa Fe New Mexican about a baby who was abandoned in a dumpster just before Christmas. She survived and was nicknamed Baby Esperanza (Baby Hope). I wrote about her one year later. She was adopted by relatives and was thriving. People had donated blankets and toys for her. My heart-warming holiday story got picked up by The Associated Press and ran in newspapers across the country.