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By Robert A. Day

English is usually considered as the most tricky languages to grasp. but whereas the English language has a vocabulary of upwards of 500,000 phrases, it basically makes use of 9 elements of speech, and all of those phrases fall into one (or extra) of these 9 different types. medical English: A advisor for Scientists and different execs, 3rd Edition includes many easy revelations like this that make potent medical writing in English effortless, even for these whose fluency is in one other language.

The publication is geared up round a easy consultant to English grammar that's particularly adapted to the desires of scientists, technology writers, technological know-how educators, and technological know-how scholars. The authors clarify the pursuits of clinical writing, the function of favor, and a number of the varieties of writing within the sciences, then supply a easy advisor to the basics of English and handle areas of difficulty comparable to redundancies, abbreviations and acronyms, jargon, and international phrases. e-mail, on-line publishing, blogs, and writing for the net are coated besides. This publication is designed to be an enlightening and exciting learn which may then be retained as a pragmatic clinical writing reference guide.

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Ah! how wise! The whole are called nine parts of speech, Which reading, writing, speaking teach. —Anonymous BIASED LANGUAGE Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts. —Robert Fulghum Words can hurt, so it is worth taking the time to make sure that the words you choose do not indicate bias, promote stereotypes, or cause discomfort. The past few decades have seen changes in the ways people want to be described and the terms society feels comfortable using. This has led to the use of the derogatory phrase politically correct to mock the changing landscape of acceptable language.

The general rule is that such nouns are plural in meaning but singular in form: The audience is restless. The committee meets on Tuesdays. Unfortunately, this rule often breaks down. Whenever the individuality of members of a group is emphasized, the plural form of the verb is used. The couple do not live together. The committee of scientists were from several scientific disciplines. The best rule for handling collective nouns is to decide whether the meaning is singular or plural. Which of the following two sentences is correct?

I only hit him in the eye yesterday. I hit only him in the eye yesterday. I hit him only in the eye yesterday. I hit him in only the eye yesterday. I hit him in the only eye yesterday. I hit him in the eye only yesterday. I hit him in the eye yesterday only. The variations in meaning range from “Only I” to “yesterday only,” visiting a one-eyed man (“the only eye”) along the way. Even the best of writers occasionally get their onlys in the wrong place: Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.

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