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Language: Being Forthright

  • Michael Alley

Abstract

The purpose of scientific writing is to inform. Therefore, the attitude of the writer should be forthright; it should be sincere and straightforward. To be forthright in your writing, you have to control your tone. Tone is whatever in your language indicates the attitude that you, the writer, have towards your subject. Also, to be forthright you should select strong nouns and verbs. Nouns and verbs are the most important words in sentences. When your nouns and verbs are weak, your writing becomes lethargic.

Keywords

Sulphur Hexafluoride Active Voice Scientific Writing Abstract Noun Passive Voice 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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