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I have been checking my writing in Grammarly and correcting my grammar using the Free Plan. But there are some warnings that can only be fixed using the Premium Plan. One thing that is bugging me a lot is the warning of "Passive Voice Misuse" in this sentence. What would be the proper usage of passive voice in this sentence? And why is Grammarly considering it as an error?

The sentence is as follows:

The well is divided into three sections as surface (0 to 4,000 ft), intermediate (4,000 to 13,290 ft), and production (13,290 to 20,000 ft) sections considering casing design, which was mentioned in the first chapter.

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    You may find this post helpful: Canonical Post #1: When to Trust Your Grammar Checker Grammar checkers are not 100% accurate. They only give you a suggestion that there might be a problem, and they miss a lot of problems, especially when dealing with more complex sentences.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 7 '21 at 19:16
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    There are other problems in that sentence, ignoring the numbers in parentheses, we get “The well is divided into three sections as surface, intermediate, and production sections considering casing design, which was/were mentioned in the first chapter.” Q. What was mentioned in the first chapter, the casing design, the three different sections or both?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 7 '21 at 19:22
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    @ColleenV bear in mind that the answer was written way back in 2013, language programmes have become more sophisticated since then.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 7 '21 at 19:26
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    Then the grammar checker got lucky, I would use were because the nouns are plural.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 7 '21 at 19:31
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    @Mari-LouA No amount of sophistication will solve the issue with grammar checkers until we either make English have more rules than it has exceptions to rules or we accidentally create a Skynet more interested in correcting our grammar than wiping us out :) It wouldn't be a bad idea for someone to update the post though.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 7 '21 at 19:40
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The well is divided into three sections as surface (0 to 4,000 ft), intermediate (4,000 to 13,290 ft), and production (13,290 to 20,000 ft) sections considering casing design, which I mentioned in the first chapter.

Replace was with pronoun - eg. I, we, they, etc. Like others have mentioned, It's not wholly wrong to have it the way you have written it.

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  • Often academic style forbids the use of personal pronouns in reports, which is what this excerpt sounds like. Aug 18 '21 at 4:28

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