Even the most non-scientific academic writing will contain numbers, and there are a series of rules and conventions about how they should be presented. Knowing the rules and applying them consistently will help to make your work look mature and academic – and will save you some head-scratching! Have a look at these sentences: 59% […]
British people certainly love their garden hedges, but what does the word ‘hedging’ mean when applied to academic writing? It bears some relationship to the idea of a hedge containing something in a soft, gentle way, unlike the sharp lines of a fence or wall. In everyday speech and writing hedging uses certain words and […]
In academic work, you often need to make recommendations about things that people, organisations or other researchers should do. If English isn’t your first language, you may find it difficult to work out which of these words (called ‘modal verbs’) you should use. Their meanings can seem to be very similar. Using the wrong one […]
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