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  • Practice through exercise – Exercise 2 – “to study” words
  • In some cases, similar words are interchangeable under certain circumstances but they still have very subtle differences; therefore,attention must be paid to the rest of the details in the sentence in order to find the most appropriate word to use. Consider this set of words: study, investigate, research, examine, discuss This set of words is commonly used in academic writing; however,NNSE often use unsuitable words for the context and this bothers native speakers and journal reviewers and can result in an unfavorable review of the paper. Let’...
  • Test yourself (9): “overall” or “in summary”?
  • Select the transitional device that best matches the sentence. ____, the results showed that the new design is better than the old one, even though it underperformed in some of the tests. Correct answer: Overall Explanation: “Overall” is used to summarize all the results, and generally implies that not all of the data indicated the same thing. For example, the sentence “Overall, it was sunny today” implies that it was sunny most of the time, but not for the whole day. “In summary” is used to summarize the results, whether or not there are c...