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The question is not whether or not you may use expletives in academic writing, but whether or not that quote is essential for your argument. Academic writing must not be filled with what that older fellow in your life would have called "shit". Academic writing must be clear, concise and to the point. Don't meander. But this also means that if you need to ...


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You will probably come to find that different writing styles suit different purposes. This is taught in most writing classes, usually with discussion of "audience" or "target" or "purpose". So you've already found one style (formal academic writing) that works for one audience and purpose. That doesn't mean it's the only way you can write. Your post here ...


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What a great question! Your instincts are good. "Excessively ornamented and often times convoluted" writing may earn you high marks in a class, or even in academia. But in the real world setting, simple and direct gets the job done. I have 3 pieces of advice that I've learned from others (or learned the hard way) over the years: Vocabulary, vocabulary, ...


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Definitely - not just a phrase but at least a paragraph discussing the language, possibly detailing some characteristic points of it, early on. Also note - they aren't necessarily errors. That's a dialect, and as long as the spelling and grammar is true to that dialect, it's not erroneous; it just isn't Standard English. Think of it as quotations in a ...


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Excessive concission always seems affected. Feel free to increase the words to idea ratio. Ignore the unimportant ideas as a way to cut verbosity. If you want your words to have a greater impact, say less and only say what matters. My greatest asset in limiting my vocabulary choice is to remember which words my little sister uses. If you are an only child ...


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I endorse Chris Sunami's answer, as far as it goes, and gave it a +1 on the strength of that. However, I'd like to take it further. To address the original question, I have a very different perspective on this: @jlam55555, you are applying for a position. This trumps any abstract question about the nature of essays. It trumps it because when you are ...


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Comparing to multiple smaller things is not nearly as evocative. You'd be hard-pressed to find an object of similar size, but we can always imagine one. 100 x 100 x 100 meters block of water is a million ton. 800 x 800 x 400 meters of water will be 256mln tons. Trash will occupy more as it's less dense. How much more? You're the expert. Best if you can ...


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As with any piece of writing, the register you write in depends on the audience and the goal. Essays certainly don't have to be formal, but in some situations, formal is the right way to go. Part of the confusion, of course, is defining "formality": In general, formal writing is associated with objectivity, well-defined structure, and the avoidance of ...


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Why would a publisher want to republish your previously published essays? If you are Barack Obama, this will work, or if your blog has a million readers each day. Otherwise it is quite unlikely. Unless you are famous or your work has acquired a cult following, publishers want original content. And don't try to trick them by deleting the essays from your ...


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For class, write whatever gives you a good grade. Otherwise, write for yourself. You already know what gives you that feeling of repulsion. Trust that feeling. Write for yourself.


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Yes, there's a general rule against repeating a word, but like many rules, it must be applied reasonably. If you're writing about Norway and the Norwegian language, it's likely you'll have to repeat "Norway" and "Norwegian" a fair number of times. While common words can often be replaced with synonyms, proper nouns usually cannot. I would definitely NOT ...


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It's hard for me to give advice on word repetitions without seeing the whole piece. Just knowing how many times the word "Norwegian" is used isn't enough to allow me to comment.


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No, it shouldn't be. It's a word that a majority of the English speaking population is aware of. It stands for National Socialism in English, or in German, Nationalsozialismus. It's a different usage of Nazism. In any essay I wrote, I capitalized it as a proper noun but never italicized it.


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I think a list like that only makes sense if after presenting the list you then pick up each of the list items and discuss them or compare them to another list. Formating must be meaningful, and a list serves a specific purpose. You don't just present sentences in a list for no reason, that woud confuse your readers.


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Any reflection written in an European context is based on a philosophical idea of reasoning. It means the issue is deepened and put in perspective. Each development brings a new nuance. This however, has nothing to do with "not picking a side" (as this has to do with writing a report or a argumentative essay). Any reflection written in an American context ...


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The prompt specifies "an essay" so it would probably be a mistake to turn in a story instead. However, it does also demand some creative writing skills. If it were my essay, I'd style it after a non-fiction profile (such as this one), but with invented details. Joseph is a High School student from Ghana. He was born in a small village outside Accra and ...


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An introduction needs to do two jobs --it should give an overall global context for your writing, and it should offer readers a preview of what you are going to tell them. There are many possible ways to do that. One structure I learned in high school that I have personally found valuable is called the funnel paragraph. The idea is that you begin your ...


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It seems you are attempting to describe metaphor literally. Consider - All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances[...] —William Shakespeare, As You Like It Shakespeare is not trying to say that the world is actually a stage, but that it bears some resemblance to one, he then goes on ...


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I work in a university doing research and many of my personal friends are regularly publishing academic authors. From my observation I can say that those writing in a highly formal style talk like they write in private, too. It is their language. They read almost exclusively formal writing, they converse in it about sophisticated topics, and they use it when ...


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In general, when you write, you want to pick a single register, appropriate to the audience and your goals, and stick to it. When you do that, your voice recedes appropriately into the background, and the reader can focus on your content. An informal phrase in a formal essay is like showing up to a corporate workplace in Bermuda shorts and a t-shirt. The ...


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That depends on the context in which you're writing the essay. If it's an essay that will appear in a magazine for left-wing college students, it might be perfectly appropriate. If it's an essay intended for publication in a prestigious academic journal, probably not. To be given as a speech by the pope? I think we could say pretty surely no. Whenever ...


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There seems to be a widespread ignorance about the intended scope of application of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assossiation, so I want to clarify that the APA Manual is a guide on how to write, structure and format an academic manuscript for submission to a publisher. It is NOT a guide on how to style publications. Printed journal ...


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There are two approaches available to you: Write everything you know and be happy with the length. There is value in concise accurate summaries. Learn more. the joke is that experts keep learning more and more about less and less until they know absolutely everything about absolutely nothing. There is a core truth here. I could without much effort write a ...


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Try http://wolframalpha.com That is the kind of searches the Computational Knowledge Engine answers. Specifically this link: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=9.3%C3%9710^11+pounds&lk=1 (shows the weight of all humans on earth, etc.) I put in "251 million tons" and searched at WolframAlpha and got that answer. WolframAlpha Definition (from the ...


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It's impossible to know exactly why you got the scores you did, but what jumps out at me is that your thesis statement doesn't really match the prompt. The prompt is NOT to write an essay simply inspired by Auden's quote, but rather to write an essay taking a stance on whether or not his quote is true. To recast Auden's argument in simpler language: ...


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For regulation Kids Are Getting Fat Eating School Lunches, But The Government Can Help These Changes In School Lunches Promote the Health of Our Children School Lunch Reform: Do It For the Children Against regulation Get the Government Out of Your Children's Food Parents Should Regulate School Lunches, Not Government Middle of the Road Who Should ...


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As.the title of the original publishing journal, Popular Science Monthly [1], shows "The Fixation of Knowledge" is an article "interpreting science for a broad audience". That is, it is popular science [2], in this case philosophy, or to be more precise, pragmatism [3]. There are countless pop science journals and monographs in all disciplines. You should ...


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If you don't have enough reliable data to support your claims, then you should state that your findings are based on certain assumptions. It would further help your cause if you then give explanations for why you made those assumptions. Before you do this, however, you should probably make more of an effort to locate data to support your position. Relying ...


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The comments on your post suggest therapy, and I think it is good advice. This is more than just writer's block or procrastination. It sounds like you have serious anxiety that's triggered by writing. Here are some things you might try if you can't afford a therapist. First, pick a book and copy the text out of it. This will help you get used to the ...


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Gee, I agree with what. You need a specialist. Something that helped me, though (I was a perfectionist, too) is this quote: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci Give up perfection. Look at your writing as something that improves incrementally rather than something that is fixed. You can always come back and edit later; something ...



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