Using the passive voice in impersonal writing

Scientific writing is usually done in an impersonal style. Information and facts are more important than personal opinions or attitudes. This style is also used to put a certain distance between the writer and the arguments proposed and thus makes them more objective.

Personal / informal

Impersonal / formal

We can distinguish limits to other technical systems by ...

Limits to other technical systems can be distinguished by.

In the present article I want to ...

The present article is intended to contribute.

We tested thirteen SGS models ...

Thirteen SGS models were tested...

... and as a result we selected the superior variants

.and as a result, the superior variants were selected...

I assume that ...

It is assumed that.

The authors consider these results to be ...

These results are considered to be.

Because we want to evaluate ...

In order to evaluate.

If there aren't any...

If there are no.

Precise references to data in tables, graphs and diagrams also lead to greater objectivity in research findings.

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