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Singular Expression

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“To improve your readers’ comprehension and ensure they take the appropriate action:

  • Use a singular noun rather than a plural noun. Address one person rather than a group.”

              —IRM Style Guide

Cute, eh? The IRS Style Guide uses the plural noun readers and its plural pronoun their to advise an individual IRM writer to use the singular. I only wish I could find that to be the only instance in which the IRM Style Guide openly violates its own style advice.

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1 May 2015 at 7:00 pm

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Passive Resistance

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“Although active voice is preferred, passive voice is acceptable under the following situations…”

              —IRM Style Guide

One has to wonder if the Internal Revenue Manual’s style gods had their tongues tucked firmly in cheek when they worded their advice in the passive voice, instead of saying something along the lines of, “Although you should prefer the active voice, passive voice is acceptable under the following situations . . . .”

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30 April 2015 at 3:57 pm

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