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Overview

This volume explains complex grammatical concepts in clear, uncomplicated language, illustrating how simple the communication process can be when one understands and follows a few basic rules. The author's forceful style, enjoyable wit, and direct coverage of each area of grammar make Scientific English a valuable and readable pocket guide and desk reference for the writers, editors, and students who want to communicate in the most concise manner possible.

Grammar & style manual covering parts of speech/ punctuation/abbreviations/language sensitivities/etc.

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Shows scientists and other technical writers how to clearly, simply, and accurately communicate complex scientific concepts. As a bonus, many of the examples are amusing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897749893
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT A. DAY is professor of English at the University of Delaware, Newark, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in scientific and technical writing.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Principles of Scientific Writing 1
Ch. 2 Style of Scientific Writing 4
Ch. 3 The English Language 9
Ch. 4 Grammar 13
Ch. 5 Words 21
Ch. 6 Name Words (Nouns and Pronouns) 25
Ch. 7 Action Words (Verbs) 34
Ch. 8 Descriptive Words (Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles) 37
Ch. 9 Function Words (Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections) 42
Ch. 10 Prefixes and Suffixes 47
Ch. 11 Phrases 52
Ch. 12 Clauses 56
Ch. 13 Sentences 62
Ch. 14 Paragraphs 69
Ch. 15 Voice, Person, and Tense 72
Ch. 16 Punctuation 76
Ch. 17 Redundancies and Jargon 96
Ch. 18 Abbreviations and Acronyms 103
Ch. 19 Language Sensitivities 107
Appendix 1. Principles of Punctuation Presented Plainly 113
Appendix 2. Problem Words and Expressions 119
Appendix 3. Words and Expressions to Avoid 132
Index 139
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