words are not set in stone – you can change them!
first choice of words is not necessarily the best choice.
is legal – and often desirable – to rearrange your sentence structure.
verbs. Specific and varied verbs
make the material more interesting, informative, and active.
the most of your reader’s time
turning some phrases into adjectives or adverbs. This condenses your sentences and makes the relationships
between ideas clearer.
separate subjects and verbs with a lot of information.
Readers tend to ignore the information in between the
subject and the verb and will become irritated because the information isn’t
in the order they expect (subject ŕ
verb ŕ remaining information).
emphasize the material you want to draw the reader’s attention to.
(Less important information can be set off by commas or dashes, put
into prepositional phrases, put into parenthesis, etc.)
conscious of informality
papers should avoid the following:
your personal dialect is often not the most graceful means of presentation
(e.g. “I think….”; “I believe….”; “It seems to be….”) State
facts and beliefs outright; take responsibility for your claims.
too many rhetorical questions of the audience