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An important purpose of writing is to organize thoughts and communicate them to an audience. You would not write in French if the audience was fluent in only English. If the goal is to communicate, then all aspects of the writing should be tailored to the intended/expected audience. The answer to your question must come more from the style guides governing ...


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The primary criterion for academic writing is that the meaning must be clear and unambiguous. You seek to avoid misinterpretation of your message by all your readers, irrespective of their familiarity with the languare. Generally speaking, that does require grammatical accuracy as inaccuracy can lead to ambiguity. However, grammar can be a flexible ...


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Academic writing intends to be clear and authoritative. You are writing to convince others that some particular claim is valid, and while most of the work of convincing will be carried by your evidence and reasoning, you can't overlook more subjective, psychological effects. 'Artistic' prose will tend to put academics off, making them think you are not ...


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I would take the standard 5 paragraph Essay format but modified for brevity. Your thesis or introduction answer should be your immediate answer to a writing prompt and should be no more than one sentance. Rephrase the question as your sentance (i.e. if the question is "What would be the platform you would run on if you were running for President of ...


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I don't think the question really makes sense. Grammar is defined among other things "as the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed" and as "an account of these features; a set of rules accounting for these constructions". In that sense it's a description of the rules that naturally exist in a language, rather than a prescriptive set ...


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While this belongs on academica.SE, I'd like to say this: most thesis writers are not linguistics, and don't have dedicated editors to revise their texts. You can't expect a computer engineer, or a chemist to speak perfect English. As mentioned above, as long as they communicate their message, with the appropriate structure and coherent arguments, they ...


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You express yourself well. Clearly explaining your position is a very important beginning. I use ProWritingAid. A free version is available as an add on with Google Docs. I love it because the reports show me exactly where my writing can improve and what actions I can make to ensure all grammar rules are observed. Practice is key. By writing every day, ...


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You should have more confidence in your skills. Your writing is clear and expressive. Your thoughts are organized and you get your point across. I wonder if someone was unfairly harsh in their criticisms of your writing in the past. For language, the equivalent of basic math rules are grammar and style. The fastest way to improve these is to check your ...


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These days, this is probably acceptable. But is it effective? Not for me. What value do you think it adds? And how does this relate to you and your personal essay? If this is a lead-in to something that actually relates to you, then I would focus it and make it tighter.


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Here is one such format that you could use when constructing your essays: Have a good opening statement and a little background information that makes the grader want to continue reading. Once you have convinced your reader, state your thesis statement/claim. Because you only have 250 words and need to incorporate evidence, this would be the end of your ...


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The names of events are generally just capitalized, just like most other proper nouns. There is no special typographical convention for them that is regularly followed.


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With a prompt as wide open as this, I'd suggest picking a topic on which you are well-informed, and where you feel some sense of interest and passion. For a newer-style essay, a personal connection can be a big advantage, but not in an older-style essay where you are expected to be strictly objective and impersonal. There are several different possible ...


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English IS confusing... ... but it also has a hundred ways to do everything, at least half of which are technically correct. I'd state this completely differently, but maybe that won't fit your needs. I'd likely go with something more like: Today, my parents have bachelor's degrees and stable employment. When I was growing up, however, it was a very ...


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Good question. One answer is practice, and with practice comes confidence and that confidence can then show itself in the gentle persuasion of your body. Caveat: If you have a specific question to answer for an assignment then deal with it head-on and try not to forget it. I would start with a blunt statement or something to make the reader sit up. How on ...


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There are more good ways to begin an essay than there are good writers. (That is fortunate; otherwise, each good writer would be stuck with only one good opening.) An effective introduction depends on a number of factors that may include your audience, subject matter, and goals for the piece. For example, open an essay on the death imagery in Poe's works ...


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Practice pastiches. Pick examples of the style you want to emulate, and then write something like that. For instance, take a newspaper article about the opening of a library and write something in its style about the opening of an imaginary school. Pick a blog entry about visiting parents for the Fourth of July and write one like it about visiting ...


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In this answer, I will list one way to do this (if I think of more I will add to this or make a separate answer). It is always good to interest your reader right off of the bat. So, as M. A. Golding suggested, do some research on your topic first. Then, pick a fact that stands out to you. This could be an interesting fact (such as __ was invented back in __ ...


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Publishers sometimes have a standard and recommendations on how to write an article for them, as freelance writers submit articles and need to know in what style to write for them. As there are a myriad of possible styles, I recommend searching for them yourself, (rather than me providing a bunch of links). This is especially true for news articles, academic ...


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I can't speak to the grading standards of your target college, but I'd assume it's acceptable as a creative choice. If you happen to have any kind of college advisor with your current school, I'd definitely consult them before submitting, just in case. Good luck on your application!


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I would probably use the time for the characters to talk about your character narrating the story. This gives the reader time to prepare for bigger narration. You can also try and mention this earlier on, which tells the reader that this large narration within a narration is coming. Another method might also be your character doing preparatory things, such ...


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If this is an undergraduate course, your instructor has the right idea. I think you're focused a little too much on the ordering part to hear the full idea of what a good thesis statement is. Nothing is communicated with "Enkidu and Grendel have similarities." Any two of anything will contain at least some similarities. I'm not familiar enough with ...


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The main tension here is in this statement: A topic sentence is the first sentence in a paragraph AND it is the most important sentence in a paragraph Is this your definition, or are these the guidelines your teacher has given you? If this is from the teacher, then there is a specific format he or she is mandating you follow, and you'll need to restructure ...


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According to the MLA website, you should give the person's full name and then refer to them by their last name thereafter. https://style.mla.org/using-last-name-only/


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Just a note. The person reading the paper might well be an experienced professional in the area, who reads the pertinent style and jargon very fast. Such a reader might well be annoyed by having to mentally change track in order to “understand” something in a different writing style. [Reaction to comment. I sometimes grind my teeth and make a ...


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This topic may overlap with academia and writing. The idea of scientific publication is to comunicate your results so the other researchers may: a) use your work as inspiration for their work, b) use your work not to do same mistakes and dead routes as you did. The reality is that researchers are paid according to their article cadence... Grammar is ...


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