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CONTENTS Preface to the second edition 1 Style as choice 2 Sentence length and complexity 3 Weight and familiarity of vocabulary 4 Specialist vocabulary: jargon 5 'Fashionable' words 6 'Roundabout' and unusual phrasing 7 Excessive pre-modification 8 Use of nouns as pre-modifiers 9 Abstraction 10 Excessive 'nominalization' 11 Verbs: tense and voice 12 Verbs: impersonal vs first-person constructions 13 Verbs: impersonal vs second-person constructions 14 Punctuation 15 Tone: in hard copy and in on-screen text 16 Avoiding 'distorted' English in computer-related texts 17 Style for instructions 18 Style for descriptive and explanatory writing 19 Specifications 20 Style for correspondence 21 Writing for international audiences: general policy 22 Writing for international audiences: writing for 'expert' readers 23 Writing for international audiences: writing for students 24 Writing for readers who do not understand English 25 On avoiding ambiguity Appendix Which style do scientific readers prefer? Evidence from surveys. References
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