International English seems to be moving toward faster and more direct communication. Many of us may find new trends an annoying use of language even though they get meaning across quickly. An important part of this trend in science journals is the use of active voice instead of passive voice along with the use of simple present tense, both in the name of getting messages across directly and quickly. See, for example, if you agree that the active-voice, present tense sentences in the right column of Table 3.2 are easier and faster to comprehend than the passive-voice, progressive tense sentences in the left column.
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