Notes on Style

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Chem 391 Notes on Style in Writing for Chem 391 A genre is a specific form of communication. Every discipline has its own genres, and each genre has its own style, conventions, and assumptions. You will understand reading material better if you know the style, conventions, and assumptions of the genre. Likewise, when you write, you must understand the conventions, assumptions, and expectations of the genre to communicate effectively to your audience. Examples of general genres: Short story, ballad, epic poem, fantasy novel, action film, news story, talk show Genres for chemists: Review paper, poster presentation, proposal, letter of application, primary literature report General rules for chemical writing in English: 1. Write clearly 2. Write concisely 3. Write simply 4. Write to be understood The Five C’s of Style (Ann Raimes. Pocket Keys for Writers ; Houghton Mifflin: Boston; pp. 94-106) 1. Cut a. cut wordiness b. cut formulaic phrases c. cut unnecessary passive voice d.
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Unformatted text preview: cut references to your intentions 2. Check for Action a. whos doing what? Let the subject perform the action b. dont begin with there or it c. avoid passive voice; use active voice 3. Connect a. use consistent subjects (dont change subjects without warning) b. connect sentences with transitional words and phrases (see list below) c. vary the way you connect and combine (dont get in a rut) d. refer to previous ideas as you move to new ones e. avoid ambiguous antecedents 4. Commit a. commit to a stand and defend it fairly b. use critical thinking skills: compare, contrast, use examples, probe assumptions c. avoid ambivalence and indecision (if not, clearly state why) 5. Choose Vivid and Appropriate Words a. avoid clichs and nonspecific words; use vivid, definite words b. avoid jargon, slang, ambiguous words c. be politically correct (avoid prejudice, dont offend) d. try to think of possible confusions and avoid them e. check agreement of subject and verb...
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