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I have the following sentence:

I will be more than happy to have an opportunity to be invited to your institution...

Microsoft Word complains on it: passive voice (consider revising).

So my question is: What is the active version of this sentence which will keep the formalism and positive attitude?

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    You can safely ignore Microsoft Word's advice about passive voice. However, I will be more than happy if you invite me... – Michael Harvey Oct 3 '19 at 13:30
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because ELL isn't here to analyse the shortcomings of Microsoft Word's "grammar checker". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 3 '19 at 13:31
  • As @MichaelHarvey said, you can generally safely ignore Word's complaints about passive voice. However, I would re-cast the sentence entirely; I would welcome an invitation to your institution. – Jeff Zeitlin Oct 3 '19 at 13:33
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    @MichaelHarvey: Your rephrasing assumes the addressee is the one who issued (will issue) the invitation, but that's not necessarily the case. One important aspect of the passive form is that it might not specific the "agent" (perhaps the writer has been invited to the institution by someone completely different, feasibly not identified anywhere in the "conversation". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 3 '19 at 13:36
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    @FumbleFingers - That close isn't appropriate; the question is not about Word or the grammar checker. – BadZen Nov 27 '19 at 17:42
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I will be more than happy to have an opportunity to be invited to your institution...

That's simple:

I will be more than happy to have your institution invite me to be a speaker. [or whatever]

  • As @unmonav points out in his comment above, the tone is less than ideal and the sentence is wordy. You can either "be offered an opportunity to visit" or "be invited to visit". (If "an opportunity to be invited"... it feels like: 'you get the opportunity to be invited! are you actually invited?) – BadZen Nov 29 '19 at 18:18
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Microsoft Word is correct, it is slightly stilted, and may sound a little bit grandiose, or too-formal, or just a little "off" - because of the passive voice, and also the "wordiness" (too many words).

A natural thing to say in informal or conversational speech is:

  I'd love to attend your institution...

or

  I'd love to visit your institution.

In very formal communication:

  At your convenience, I would like to visit your institution...

The first one is actually OK in most business or academic situations in the US at present, however. (If you use the second, continue the sentence with the reason you want to visit or what you want to do there rather than ending it after 'institution'.)

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