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Essay writing

Essay writing

Academic essays should be written in a formal style. Avoid:

  • clichés (“the flaws in this argument stand out like a sore thumb”)
  • contractions (“don’t”, “aren’t”, “it’s”)
  • phrases that sound like speech (“well, this bit is really fascinating”)
  • subjective descriptions (“this beautiful sculpture”)

Be cautious about using the first person “I”. It should be used where the alternative would be inappropriate (e.g. when writing up your own experience or professional case study).essay writting service  In other cases, you might choose to use the third person, for example “It can be argued” instead of “I would argue”. It’s worth checking with your marker how they feel about you using the first person – for instance, it may be more appropriate in a humanities essay than a science one.

Use plain language – you don’t have to search for a more “academic-sounding” word when a simple one will do. Markers are looking for clear and accurate expression of ideas, not jargon or confusing language. Shorter sentences are usually clearer than long complex ones, but make sure it is a whole sentence and not just a clause or phrase.

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