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  • Oh so similar and yet so different
  • In the English language,many words seemingly have the same; these words are known as ‘synonyms’. However, having a real appreciation of the language and usage of words means you do not treat synonyms as simply interchangeable. Yes the words do have the same meaning essentially but their connotations can be quite different. Advanced writers understand the subtle differences in the connotations of synonyms and use those differences to their advantage to make their writing more precise and interesting and also to influence the way the reader feels abou...
  • 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’...