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Articles dealing with mathematical constructs and not with real-world entities

For these articles the following guidelines are observed regarding voice:

  • When the subject is a mathematical construct, then we typically use the active voice. The situations where we use passive voice are ones where we want to emphasize the verb or the object.
  • When the subject is a generic human being and the object is a mathematical construct, we prefer to use passive voice to avoid referring to the subject at all. If active voice is used, typically a first-person plural is plural is chosen for the subject.

Articles dealing with real-world entities

Here the voice is chosen in accordance with the usual narrative style of historical documentation.