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  • Semi-colons for monster lists
  • Level of difficulty: Intermediate Your research reports often include long lists of complex items. Sometimes using only commas is insufficient to offset the items. Here is an example: Incorrect: We had four professors on our committee: Peter Wursthorn, Professor of Mathematics, Ronald Pepin, Professor of English, Cynthia Greenblatt, Professor of Education, and Nada Light, Professor of Nursing. As each item already includes a comma, separate the items using semi-colons. You can think of semi-colons as big commas in this situation. Correct:...
  • Writing about money in English academic writing
  • Writing about money can require being very detailed or being very general. Where detail is important, it is best to write numerals. However, when we have a very large number that can be approximated, we may write out part of the number. Describing amounts of money - specific Common error: The difference between the two approaches was ninety-one dollars per person. Fixed: The difference between the two approaches was $91 per person. Describing amounts of money - large or approximate Hard to read: The estimated budget was $27,002,11...