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18 July 2022
English thesis writing skills

  Are there any skills in English thesis writing? What aspects should we pay attention to? This edition has collected some contents. Next, we will introduce some tips about punctuation and grammar in English papers.

  First, commas and semicolons.

  If you don't understand the rules of using commas and semicolons, please discard these rules and try to do this: read a sentence in the paper aloud and notice where it will naturally pause and breathe. If it is a short pause, (as here) you may need a comma. If it is a long pause, but the words are not finished, you may need a semicolon; Underline that anything after the semicolon must exist independently (just like this sentence).

  Your sentences should not use punctuation excessively to make your readers breathe constantly, nor should they stop without any pause, causing the readers to be unable to breathe for a long time.

  The abbreviations used must be clearly marked, unless you think ordinary readers can understand them.

  Some abbreviations can be left unexplained when they are more commonly used than the words they represent (such as DNA, AIDS, etc.), but most abbreviations must be clearly marked with their full English names to help readers understand them.

  About the usage of "this".

  Many times, when we are uncertain about the focus of the exposition, especially when we put forward more complex arguments, we often use "this". The fuzziness of this language may be a sign of confusion. Therefore, you need to know exactly what this "this" means? What words or sentences can be used instead? If this question is not easy to ask and answer, then you need to reorganize your writing ideas.

  Make sure all your references are clear.

  When you say "this theory" or "that point", or simply, "it", what theory or viewpoint do you mean? When you use "they" or "these authors", will your readers be confused about who these people are?

  Avoid the passive voice.

  Usually you need to spend more energy to understand the passive voice. For example, "einstein's theory" is better than "the theory that was formulated by Einstein". In many cases, the active voice is easier to understand and more concise than the passive voice.