Rules for Academic Style

Rules for Academic Style Rules for academic style are not the same in all subject areas. You should pay attention and note down what is normal while reading books in your field. Do not use idiomatic or colloquial vocabulary: dad, guy. Use standard English: father, man. Use vocabulary accurately. There is a difference between rule and law, or currency and money, which you are expected to know. Be as precise as possible when dealing with facts or figures. Avoid phrases such as about a hundred or hundreds of years ago. If it is necessary to estimate numbers use approximately rather than about. Conclusions should use tentative language. Avoid absolute statements such as education reduces crime. Instead use cautious phrases: may reduce crime or tends to reduce crime. Avoid adverbs or other words that show your personal attitude: luckily, remarkably, surprisingly Do not contract verb forms: don’t, can’t. Use the full form: do not, cannot. Although academic English tends to use the passive more than standard English, it should not be over-used. Both have their place. Compare: (a) Grademiners Promo Codes (2020) claims that most companies perform worse when … (b) It is widely agreed that most companies perform worse when …In the first case, the focus is on the source, in the second on what companies do. Avoid like for introducing examples. Use such as or for instance. Avoid thing and combinations: nothing or something. Use factor, issue or topic. Avoid lots of. Use a significant/considerable number. Avoid little/big. Use small/large. Avoid get phrases such as get better/worse. Use improve and deteriorate. Do not use question forms such as What were...

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