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scientific writing double negatives

Why are double negatives so confusing in scientific writing?

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Use of apostrophes in scientific writing

Generally, apostrophes indicate either two words that have been shortened into one word (e.g. isn’t) or indicate the relationship between two words (e.g. the boy’s ball).  Words containing apostrophes are very common in casual written English, like this blog post, a book or a letter to your friend, but apostrophes are not normally used in […]

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160+ words for your materials and methods: Q-Z

Here’s the final part of our list of 160+ words for materials and methods sections. We have already posted the first part, covering words beginning with the letters A to E, and the second part covering the letters F to P. In this section, we present words beginning with W to Z. Some of these […]

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UK and US English spellings of scientific words

As if learning to write in the correct scientific style wasn’t difficult enough, we have to deal with two different spellings for many words! UK and US English is slightly different, and really I have no idea why we can’t agree on spelling on both sides of the Atlantic. Make sure to check if your […]

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Using respectively correctly

Respectively is a very useful word in scientific writing; however, we often see this word used incorrectly. Here are some sentences that use the word “respectively” in the wrong way. Can you identify what’s wrong with each sentence? Did you spot what’s wrong with each example? Let’s look at them in turn…. Use respectively to […]

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