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Academic writing

5 ways to improve academic writing

Tip # 1 DO NOT USE CONTRACTIONS

Don`t Do not
Can`t Cannot
Shouldn`t Should not
Couldn’t Could not
Wouldn’t` Would not
Isn`t Is not
Hasn`t Has not
Haven`t Have not

Tip # 2

Sentences must be clear and concise.

We need the sentences to be to the point and not long sentences.

AVOID THERE IS /THERE ARE

# There are many issues that students face at University.

#Students face many issues at University.

#There are many development projects that UN supports.

#The UN supports many development projects.

Tip # 3

DO NOT USE-

REALLY, SO, VERY AND A LOT.

Examples

Many students think University is very hard.

Many students think University is difficult.

Bill 399 is really controversial .( The sentence will sound more formal without
really0

A lot of students live on Campus.


Many students live on Campus.

A lot of time is wasted because of procrastination.

Much time is wasted because of procrastination.

Tip# 4 USE THE ACTIVE VOICE INSTEAD OF PASSIVE VOICE

Healthcare reforms were implemented by Obama.(passive)

Obama implemented healthcare reforms.

The war was won by the French.

The French won the war.

Tip#5

Weak verbs

Weak-He gave assistance to my friend.

Strong -He assisted my friend.

Weak verb- made an objection

Strong verb- objected

Weak verb- conducted an investigation

Strong verb- investigated

Weak verb- did an audit

Strong verb- audited

Strong verbs

accelerate agree argue


accept aid arise
accomplish align ascertain
account for alleviate assert
accumulate allow assess
achieve alter associate
acknowledge amplify assume
acquire analyze attain
activate answer attract
adapt anticipate attribute
add appear augment
address apply avoid
adjust appreciate
admit approach
affect approximate

B
become
begin
behave
believe
benefit
bound
branch
break
bring (together)
broaden
build

calculate complete continue


calibrate complicate contradict
capitalize compress contrast
capture compute contribute
cause conceive control
center concentrate converge
challenge conclude convey
characterize concur convince
choose conduct coordinate
claim confine correct
clarify conjecture correlate
collect connect corroborate
combine consider create
compare constitute critique
compete constrain crystallize
compile construct