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24/01/2020 5:31 pm  

What are some differences between academic English and regular English?

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24/01/2020 5:36 pm  

Academic English is considered 'semi-formal', which means non-standard vocabulary (slang/idioms) are avoided. Here some other distinctions

  • It is impersonal, which means the first person pronoun/adjective ("I/my") is seldom used. This is also true of 'we'. Instead of personal language, the third person is preferred
  • Passive voice is often used instead of active voice (to make writing less personal)
  • Latinate verbs are preferred to phrasal verbs
  • Academic English uses more precise extended vocabulary
  • Academic English follows a writing style particular to a domain, such as APA, MLA, or CMS
  • contractions are not used in Academic English.

There are other differences as well, but I hope this helps.


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