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Writing

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Write in English, not in “Science Speak”

Jun 20, 20238 min read

Scientific research is hard; writing a scientific paper in good…

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On Using AI to Write

Jun 5, 20231 min read

I was feeling cheeky and a little curious, so I…

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The Passive Voice Is Nothing to Fear

Feb 23, 20231 min read

The passive voice is one of the most popular no-nos…

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Grammar

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When to Use Whomever and Whoever

Jun 29, 20231 min read

Educated writers, aware of the difference between who and whom,…

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Definite and Indefinite Articles: How to Use “The” and “A”

Jun 22, 20231 min read

Decades ago, I studied abroad in Moscow, in the Soviet…

Dictionary entry for "they"

The Fault Is in Our Grammars: Language, Gender, and Pronouns

Jun 3, 20232 min read

To say that our cultural consciousness on matters of gender…

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Usage

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The Difference Between That and Which

Jul 20, 20231 min read

At first glance, there might not appear to be a…

lined paper with the words whoever and whomever crossed out repeatedly

When to Use Whomever and Whoever

Jun 29, 20231 min read

Educated writers, aware of the difference between who and whom,…

Dictionary entry for "they"

The Fault Is in Our Grammars: Language, Gender, and Pronouns

Jun 3, 20232 min read

To say that our cultural consciousness on matters of gender…

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Reflection

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On Using AI to Write

Jun 5, 20231 min read

I was feeling cheeky and a little curious, so I…

Dictionary entry for "they"

The Fault Is in Our Grammars: Language, Gender, and Pronouns

Jun 3, 20232 min read

To say that our cultural consciousness on matters of gender…

The words black and white negatively superimposed over an alternate diagonal background of white and black

On Capitalizing “Black” and “White” When Talking about Race

Dec 13, 20221 min read

Questions of racial justice and equity have occupied—as they should—a…

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