Words and Phrases to use or to advoid in the scientific paper


1. Use an affirmative sentence rather than a double negative.

Instead of

Consider using

This reaction is not uncommon

This reaction is common
This reaction is rare
This reaction occurs about 40% of the time

This transition was not unexpected

This transition was expected
We knew that such transitions were possible

This strategy is not infrequently used

This strategy is frequently used
This strategy is occasionally used

This result is not unlikely to occur

This result is likely to occur
This result is possible

2. Omit excess words.

Instead of

Use

It is a procedure that is often used.

This procedure is often used.

There are seven steps that must be completed.

Seven steps must be completed.

This is a problem that is…

This problem is…

These results are preliminary in nature.

These results are preliminary.

3. Use single words instead of phrases.

Instead of

Use

a number of

many, several

a small number of

a few

are in agreement

agree

are found to be

are

are known to be

are

at present

now

at the present time

now

based on the fact that

because

by means of

by

despite the fact that

although

due to the fact that

because

during that time

while

fewer in number

fewer

for the reason that

because

has been shown to be

is

if it is assumed that

if

in color, e.g., red in color

just state the color, e.g., red

in consequence of this fact

therefore, consequently

in length

long

in order to

to

in shape, e.g., round in shape

just state the shape, e.g., round

in size, e.g., small in size

just state the size, e.g., small

in spite of the fact that

although

in the case of…

in…, for…

in the near future

soon

in view of the fact that

because

is known to be

is

it appears that

apparently

it is clear that

clearly

it is likely that

likely

it is possible that

possibly

it would appear that

apparently

of great importance

important

on the order of

about

owing to the fact that

because

prior to

before

reported in the literature

reported

subsequent to

After

the question as to whether

whether

advance notice

notice

at this point in time

now

be that as it may

but

in the event that

if

general consensus

consensus

young juvenile

juvenile

student body

students

due to the fact that

because

chemotherapeutic agent

drug

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