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Editing Tip: Avoiding Sentence Fragments

This article discusses how to avoid sentence fragments, which may confuse readers and be considered problematic by journal editors.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

3 min

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Glossary of Grammar

This is our glossary of terms that we use in our articles.

by Kurt Spurlock, MA, ELS

8 min

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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

3 min

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Editing Tip: Word Choice Suggestions

  • The English language contains hundreds of thousands of words, each with its own conventions of use
  • Confusion often arises with pairs like 'affect'/'effect' and terms like 'evidence' or 'research' that can be nouns or verbs

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

3 min

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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

2 min

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Editing Tip: Avoiding Incorrect Noun Pluralization

This editing tip demonstrates common instances of and ways to avoid incorrect noun pluralization.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

2 min

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Apostrophe Usage in Academic Writing

  • Apostrophes can be used to create contractions (shortened forms of words or phrases).
  • Apostrophes also indicate possession.
  • Overall, the apostrophe is not common in scientific writing.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

2 min

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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

3 min

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Verb Tense in Scientific Manuscripts [Free Downloadable Guide]

How to choose the proper verb tense when writing up a scientific paper (with a link to our more in-depth downloadable resource).

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

4 min

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