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Academic and technical writing are far different than literary writing, such as novels and poetry. The primary purpose of academic and technical writing is to provide information about a defined topic to a specific audience. Whether you write graduate papers, professional journal articles, dissertations, white papers, manuals, websites, reviews, or similar documents, you are writing academic or technical documents.
Academic and technical writing can be bad writing. They can…Continue
This is a great question, and it is one I don't often see. On the other hand, it reflects a concept that confuses many people: parallelism.
Correct use of “rather than”
“Rather than” indicates a parallel structure in which two things are compared. To be grammatically correct, the two things being compared need to be equal, meaning they have the same grammatical structure or form.
Here are two simple examples to demonstrate the parallel structure created…Continue
The most common grammar mistake involves the ability to count. Fortunately, you only have to be able to count higher than 1.
If I write, “A man buys a house,” you can count the number of men: 1.
If I write, “Men buy houses,” you need to count higher than 1 because this sentence describes more than 1 man.
Now, let’s look at these two samples more carefully.
In the first sentence, “A man buys a house,” the subject is 1 man, described as “a man.” The verb “buys” ends…Continue
“Your writing bores me.” “I am bored by your writing.”
Not only do these two sentences demonstrate the difference between the active and passive voice but also they communicate a central reason for avoiding the passive voice.
In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action described by the main verb. Thus, the subject is active. In the passive voice, the action is done to the subject. Thus, the subject is passive. Passive voice is a problem for direct writing…Continue