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Academic writing

How to write in an evidenced based formal style

Commonly confused words: Things you need to know...

  1. Good spelling aids communication - people expect you to be able to spell correctly.  Mistakes in assignments will make your meaning unclear.
  2. Be professional - errors in academic work may cost marks, and errors on application forms and in letters may cost you a job.
  3. Do you use a spell checker?  If you do be careful as it only checks for the accuracy of the spelling and not the correct usage of the word.
  4. Use a dictionary and a thesaurus - this will help you to ensure the meaning of the word you are using is correct.  This will also help you to widen your vocabulary.  Please read the guide by Microsoft if you are not sure how to do this.

Factsheet

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS (2015) Commonly Confused Words [online].   [Accessed:13th July 2020]