Introduction

Use active verbs and not passive verbs. Active verbs are when the sentence’s subject does something. Passive verbs are when the sentence’s subject has something done to it. In the examples below, the subjects are the policy and the study.

The policy encourages firms to…

Not

Firms are encouraged by the policy to…

The study shows a trend

Not

A trend is shown by the study
However, write “It is expected”, rather than “One expects”. Using “one” is considered old-fashioned and we refer to ourselves at ONS as “we”.

ONS

ONS

Don’t refer to the Office for National Statistics as ONS or the Office for National Statistics when writing. Always use personal pronouns, unless you are referring to the physical building.

Our statistics

Not

ONS statistics

Our offices in Newport and Titchfield

Not

ONS offices…

The ONS building in Newport has a new lift

Not

Our building in Newport…
The word “the” is not part of the official title but should be included if the term “ONS” is used adjectivally:

the ONS building