There are some words students use in academic writing that could be said to be overused or unnecessary. There is an exception, though, if you are specifically told by the person who assigned your work that the presence of colloquial and casual language is allowed. But this rarely happens, and it is best to avoid the following list of words even in the case of getting permission to use a freer language than usually practiced in academic writing:. Let it do its work alone without adding extra emphasis. Words to use instead: genuinely, veritably, undoubtedly, profoundly, indubitably.
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Published on February 6, by Sarah Vinz. Revised on July 20, When you are writing a dissertation , thesis or research paper, many words and phrases that are acceptable in conversations or informal writing are considered inappropriate in academic writing. You should try to avoid expressions that are too informal, unsophisticated, vague, exaggerated, or subjective, as well as those that are generally unnecessary or incorrect. Bear in mind, however, that these guidelines do not apply to text you are directly quoting from your sources including interviews. Academic writing is generally more formal than the writing we see in non-academic materials including on websites.
Modal verbs will, would, should, may, can, could, might, must precede another verb. Modals can also serve a social function to show uncertainty or politeness. They are especially common in discussion sections of research papers. This handout is best used with a piece of writing that benefits from being subjective. In academic writing , modal verbs are most frequently used to indicate logical possibility and least frequently used to indicate permission.
To enable grammar checking plugins like Grammarly and Ginger, disable ours from the settings panel on the left. When it comes to college essays, sometimes the words you choose not to write make just as much of an impact as the words you do choose to write. And adding in fluffy language or confusing idioms can leave them feeling lost in your words. You want your college essay to stand out for all of the right reasons.