Tuesday, August 09, 2016

10 WORDS TO AVOID IN ACADEMIC WRITING THAT COULD MAKE YOU LOOK AMATEURISH - olazin@g.ucla.edu - Google Apps for UCLA Mail

Avoid these 10 words in Academic paper writing:

Not every word you know is to be used in academic writing. In fact, it is a taboo to use some words, which are vague and unclear. If you want to avoid looking like an amateur, here now are words you should avoid while writing an academic paper.
1. Can’t Won’t or Yo’ve
When you are writing an academic paper, you are addressing high profile people like researchers and professors. Therefore, use of contracted words like ‘can’t’ will only portray you as lazy and unprofessional. To avoid losing your reputation, write the words in full like ‘cannot’.
2.Good
Writing assignments calls for clarity and words like ‘good’ will dilute the clarity you want to achieve. The word ‘good’ does not express the true meaning of a statement and substitutes like ‘satisfactory, honorable, pleasing, reputable’, would express your ideas better.
3. Many
The word ‘many’ is easy to type and writers find themselves in this temptation. However, the word means nothing to the reader because one would expect specific quantities in forms of numbers or percentages. If you are not sure of the number, you can talk of a percentage.
4. In Conclusion
The statement ‘In conclusion’ is irrelevant because the paragraph you are writing already is the last paragraph. This kind of repetition is meaningless to an assignment. In short, you could write a subheading labeled ‘conclusion’ if you want the writer to know you are summarizing the paper.
5. Very
It is prohibited to use words like ‘very’ in assignments because it portrays generalization. While you could have intended to mean a certain extent of something, using the word ‘very’ will not convey the message properly. Instead, leave it out or find acceptable substitutes like profoundly or undoubtedly.
6. Plus
At times, you could feel bored of using the word ‘and’ and decide to use a substitute. However, it is the official standard word to be used. Other words like ‘plus’ could convey a different message and, therefore, should not be used.
7. Always
The word ‘always’ shows something or someone has a habit of doing something all the time. However, this is untrue in the real sense. I can have the tendency to do something, but at some point you can be sure I do not do it.
8. Never
Writing the word ‘never’ could also be the genesis of another lie. No matter how good I am, it does not mean I cannot cheat someone (but that does not mean I can cheat, probably). Use of words like rare or rarely could express my character better. Remember, using the word never represents a final judgment on a person or object.
9. I believe/I feel
In academic writing, it is a taboo to feel. Rather than feeling, you should express facts. When I talk about Vasco Da Gama, I am not feeling about it, I am just stating the facts. Unless in situations where you are advised to give your own opinion, desist from using the word ‘I’. However, even personal opinions should not be accompanied by the word believe or feel.
10. Avoid Idioms
Back in high school, you could have simply used an idiom like ‘paying lip service’ and there you would brag of how well you know English. However, writing assignments is not a moment to show off. You should write simple statements, which can be understood by everyone who reads your work. Examples;
Idioms (unacceptable) – Simplicity (acceptable)
Easier said than done - more difficult in practice
Above board - legitimate
Get through it – survive
Conclusion
Writing assignments is unique and should not be confused with other forms of writing. Learning how to express yourself clearly in every statement will help you win the heart of the student and improve the rating of your work.
Best Regards,O
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