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Editing Tip: Avoiding Noun String Overuse

  • Using nouns as adjectives can help save space in your writing
  • However, stacking nouns in a long string can create confusion for the reader

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: Attributive Nouns (or Adjective Nouns)

Attributive nouns are nouns serving as an adjective to describe another noun. They create flexibility with writing in English, but they can cause confusion and should be used purposefully.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

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Editing Tip: Anthropomorphism in Scientific Writing

The tendency to ascribe our own feelings and behaviors to anything we are discussing can make its way into our manuscripts. Here's how to manage these accidents.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

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Research Abstracts, Grants, and Theses: More Resources to Help You Write Effectively

Researchers write more than just manuscripts. Here are some resources to help you with the many types of writing you do, including abstracts, grants, and theses.

by AJE Team

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Editing Tip: Avoiding Preposition Overuse

As part of our advice about concise writing, this article shows the problems with too many prepositions in writing and demonstrates how to avoid their overuse.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Ways to Reduce the Word Count in an Abstract

Word limits can be frustrating, but there are several ways to reduce your abstract's word count in a pinch.

by Casi Newell, PhD

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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Word Counts in Your Research Paper

Here, we highlight three additional strategies for concise writing: eliminating unnecessary spaces, repetition of units, and wordy transitions.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: “Due To” and “Because Of”

  • 'Due to' and 'because of' can sometimes be interchanged but actually have some nuances related to their use
  • 'Due' is an adjective, although the phrase 'due to' is increasingly used adverbially or prepositionally
  • 'Due to the fact that' can often be replaced by 'because,' shortening text considerably

by Kurt Spurlock, MA, ELS

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Striving for Simplicity in English Academic Writing

Trying to write in English without a high level of comfort can lead to several issues. Here is a simple way to avoid this difficulty in academic writing.

by Jael Perales, MA

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