Writing Scientific English: A Workbook by Tim Skern

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Whichever method you choose, do not use the “enter” key at the end of each sentence. 2 Part of the verb is missing. 3 The sentence construction is incorrect. 4 Avoid starting sentences with “and”, “but”, “because” or “so”. 5 Switch your spellchecker on. 6 It is important to understand the difference between “reason” and “cause”. 7 Always avoid this word. Replace it with a word referring to traffic fumes and pollutants. 1. 9 Omit needless words. 10 Avoid “lots”. 11 Does the article really say this?

11. The experiment did not work. 12. No changes were observed in any of the variables tested. 13. There is not a piece of evidence supporting this hypothesis. 14. The variation was never more than 1%. 15. None of the alternative explanations seemed likely.  Neither the fear of global warming nor the number of fatal accidents ­influence car drivers.   Nothing is dangerous about this method. 18. No-one noticed the discrepancy between the two sets of data. 19. In none of the samples could the desired compound be found.

Air pollution is still a major health issue, but the relationship between air pollution and health is complex. High pollution levels lead to increased hospitalization of people with chest problems. ­However, the incidence of asthma does not necessarily correlate with poor air quality. Indeed, traffic fumes seem only to worsen asthma, but not to cause it. Additionally, air pollution has also become an indoor problem, the extent of which is usually underestimated. The government is trying to reduce air pollution by setting laws, but everyone is requested to take responsibility on his or her own.

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