Apply the Paramedic Method to sentences that are passive, wordy, unclear, or excessively long.
This method of improving the clarity and readability of your prose should be used judiciously, depending upon your rhetorical situation. Certain purposes require more "linking" verbs than others (e.g. description, defining a "state of being"). Also, in certain instances you may need to disguise what you mean (big companies do this to maintain their image yet avoid lawsuits; people who want to sound like they know more than they really also find obscurity helpful). You may find that a passive construction helps you preserve coherence. If you find that you have to spend a lot of time reworking a sentence, you should either delete it entirely or rewrite it from scratch.
-- Borrowed from Dr. David Blakesley
Dept. of English, SIU -- Carbondale