In general, formal academic writing is:
- Serious and formal – NOT conversational
- Impersonal – NOT personal
- Intellectual and objective – NOT emotional
- Precise and concise – NOT vague and repetitive
One way to achieve this is to remove I, we and you.
Grammar is often referred to as the set of rules of a language, but it is more appropriate to consider it a resource for expressing ideas. It gives you a choice of how to write. These choices can affect the content of your writing, the organisation of it, and your relationship with the reader.
At a basic level, sentences contain the following: a capital letter at the beginning, a full stop or other punctuation at the end, and a verb (doing word). Every sentence you write should make sense independently, even without the one before or after it
Getting punctuation right shows that you are a careful writer who cares about detail. Getting it obviously wrong makes you seem sloppy or rushed. This can have the effect of mildly irritating the reader to complete misunderstanding of parts of your text.
Do you know the differences between:
- Its and it’s?
- A colon and a semi-colon?
- Commas here: The painting, which I bought last week, is perfect for my new house.
But not here: I’m going to put the painting that I bought last week in my new house.
Choosing the right vocabulary in your assignments is important. It makes your writing:
- More Accurate
The right vocabulary helps you communicate your ideas clearly and precisely.
- More Professional
The right vocabulary creates an academic style that gives the reader confidence your text is serious, reliable and knowledgeable.
- More Accurate