Passive verbs sprinkle my writing like a little salt on a dish. They're not like you would use them on french fries but more like a garnish. That being said, I have a few per chapter and almost all of them are in dialogue. I think ProWritingAid is too picky. On the other hand, some of them are legit and I restructured the sentences to avoid them. Here is an example. Vincent is a blood drinker, called a deathwalker. Thorberry is a mental companion. (Yeah, I know I got a few of those if you read my comma post.) He is interacting with the world via a hallucination type illusion. They are having a mental conversation. Vincent found a vein and sank his fangs into it. An awful taste of twisted bitterness filled his mouth, so bad he recoiled and wiped his mouth off with the back of his hand. That’s evil you taste. Thorberry stood. You’ll get used to it over here. Ugh, how can you stand it? Vincent asked, pulling out a fresh cup and draining it. The purple cup purifies it before sending it to the rest. Thorberry stood, gesturing toward the cave entrance. Too much evil blood will affect your personality until it is used. I often become more sadistic for a while. Most of the passive verb is in dialogue, especially Thorberry's, who is 350 years older than the rest of the cast, being undead. I figured that he would have a more old-fashioned way of speaking than the others. I like to vary how the cast speaks but PWA nitpicks on some of them. Most I ignore but some if them, especially the king, who has speaks formally, I accept. What's your take on a little passive verb usage? I'm eager to see.