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Determined, Decided or something else?

Determined, Decided or something else?

Determined, Decided or something else?

(OP)
"Review of the previous report decided (determined) that the following actions should be taken in future..."

Suggestions/recommendations?

Chris

Someday I'll know what I'm donig...damn!

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

Neither.

"Based on review of the previous report, we decided to...."

Or

"The previous report determined...."

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

If you ask Grammarly, it'll criticize passive voice.

I think avoiding passive voice is highly overrated. It has its purpose, doesn't it?

But in this case, active voice is better to stress out that persons and not the report concluded, what's ideal. Even if the needed actions just became clear from the summary of all the facts in that report. It's still the persons putting the report together, and not the report or it's still the persons that interpret the report, who decide future actions.

So I second mintjulep's first suggestion. "We" depends on who's involved in creating the report, interpreting the report and now summarizing the decisions made, of course.

Olaf Doschke Software Engineering
https://www.doschke.name

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

(OP)
Thanks guys... I settled on
"Based on a review of the previous Report, the Big Boss decided that..."
Much better bigsmile

Chris

Someday I'll know what I'm donig...damn!

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

Grand Poobah

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RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

Quote (Olaf Doschke)

If you ask Grammarly, it'll criticize passive voice.
So will English teachers! winky smile

"Based on a review of the previous Report, this august, supreme, high and might council has decided that..."

James P. Cottingham
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I'm number 1,229!

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

Maybe Grammarly was made by English teachers.

By the way, I have no affiliation to it, but I use it and like it very much. Weekly status reports always tell me I'm "more accurate than ~20%".
While that's a blatant euphemism of how bad I need the corrections it makes, I know my money is spent well to make a better impression.

In other words: "Based on the review of weekly reports, I regularly decide to stay with it."

Bye, Olaf.

Olaf Doschke Software Engineering
https://www.doschke.name

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

This might be more accurate...

"Whether he read the previous Report or not, the Big Boss decided that..."

RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

@Sambones, that would be by "decree"

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RE: Determined, Decided or something else?

Sam,

LOL, you don't need to change the sentence for those knowing the report in that case. They'll see the sarcasm.

Bye, Olaf.

Olaf Doschke Software Engineering
https://www.doschke.name

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