English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 26, 2012 - Education - 252 pages

This guide is based on a study of referees' reports and letters from journal editors on the reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage, style and grammar. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar covers those areas of English usage that typically cause researchers difficulty: articles (a/an, the), uncountable nouns, tenses (e.g., simple present, simple past, present perfect), modal verbs, active vs. passive form, relative clauses, infinitive vs. -ing form, the genitive, noun strings, link words (e.g., moreover, in addition), quantifiers (e.g., each vs. every), word order, prepositions, acronyms, abbreviations, numbers and measurements, punctuation, and spelling. Due to its focus on the specific errors that repeatedly appear in papers written by non-native authors, this manual is an ideal study guide for use in universities and research institutes.

The book is cross-referenced with the following titles:

• English for Academic Research: Grammar Exercises

• English for Academic Research: Vocabulary Exercises

• English for Academic Research: Writing Exercises

• English for Writing Research Papers

Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 30 English Language Teaching (ELT) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and researchers from 40 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research manuscripts through his own proofreading and editing service.

 

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Contents

Usage Styleand Grammar 1 Nouns plurals countable versus uncountable
1
Usage Styleand Grammar 2 Genitive the possessive form of nouns
11
Usage Styleand Grammar 3 Inde fi nite article a an
19
Usage Styleand Grammar 4 De fi nite article the
25
Usage Styleand Grammar 5 Zero article no article
28
Usage Styleand Grammar 6 Quanti fi ers any some much many much each every etc
35
Usage Styleand Grammar 7 Relative pronouns that which who whose
43
Usage Styleand Grammar 8 Tenses present past future
49
Usage Styleand Grammar 17 Word order adverbs
159
Usage Styleand Grammar 18 Word order adjectives and past participles
165
Usage Styleand Grammar 19 Comparative and superlative er est irregular forms
169
Usage Styleand Grammar 20 Measurements abbreviations symbols use of articles
173
Usage Styleand Grammar 21 Numbers words versus numerals plurals use of articles dates etc
178
Usage Styleand Grammar 22 Acronyms usage grammar plurals punctuation
191
Usage Styleand Grammar 23 Abbreviations and Latin words usage meaning punctuation
195
Usage Styleand Grammar 24 Capitalization headings dates fi gures etc
201

Usage Styleand Grammar 9 Conditional forms zero fi rst second third
59
Usage Styleand Grammar 10 Passive versus active impersonal versus personal forms
65
Usage Styleand Grammar 11 Imperative in fi nitive versus gerund ing form
71
Usage Styleand Grammar 12 Modal verbs can may could should must etc
85
Usage Styleand Grammar 13 Link words adverbs and conjunctions also although but etc
95
Usage Styleand Grammar 14 Adverbs and prepositions already yet at in of etc
115
Usage Styleand Grammar 15 Sentence length conciseness clarity and ambiguity
131
Usage Styleand Grammar 16 Word order nouns and verbs
146
Usage Styleand Grammar 25 Punctuation apostrophes colons commas etc
206
Usage Styleand Grammar 26 Referring to the literature
221
Usage Styleand Grammar 27 Figures and tables making reference writing captions and legends
225
Usage Styleand Grammar 28 Spelling rules US versus GB typical typos
229
Usage Styleand Grammar Appendix 1 verbs nouns adjectives + prepositions
237
Usage Styleand Grammar Appendix 2 Glosssary of terms used in this book
247
Usage Styleand Grammar Index
249
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Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 30 English Language Teaching (ELT) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and researchers from 40 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research manuscripts through his own proofreading and editing service.

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