Tag: Clarity in writing

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Editing Tip: Avoiding Misplaced Modifiers

One common mistake made by many writers is not structuring the elements of a sentence in the clearest manner possible, especially with respect to modifiers.

by Suja Thomas, PhD

2 min

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Editing Tip: Parenthetical Elements

This tip reviews how to properly use parenthetical elements, clauses and phrases that can help clarify meaning in your scientific writing.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

4 min

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Editing Tip: Introductory Phrases in Academic Writing

  • Introductory phrases can be tricky to use properly
  • Some introductory phrases are better for contrasting, others for highlighting similarity

by Jacqueline Chretien, PhD, ELS

3 min

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Editing Tip: Singular and Plural Abbreviations

Abbreviations can be made plural, but there are specific techniques to consider when doing so

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

4 min

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Editing Tip: Scientific Names of Species

To help you understand the correct use of scientific species names, here are a few key terms and conventions that may appear in your journal's guidelines for authors.

by Robert Fagen, PhD

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Editing Tip: Split Infinitives

Is it really wrong to (thoughtfully) split an infinitive?

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

2 min

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Editing Tip: Hyphenation in Academic Writing

When should you hyphenate? This tip provides guidelines.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

2 min

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Editing Tip: Using 'That' as a Complementizer

When the word 'that' is used to introduce a clause, it has a different purpose and grammatical structure from its other uses.

by Kurt Spurlock, MA, ELS

3 min

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Editing Tip: 'Such As' and 'Including'

  • 'Such as' and 'including' offer two ways to mention or introduce examples in writing
  • If offset by commas, the examples are not essential to a sentence
  • Without commas, the examples after 'such as' help define the subject (as a restrictive element)

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

2 min

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