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Word Usage: Incidence and Prevalence

The terms incidence and prevalence are closely related. Learn more about the difference between this confusing word pair with this usage tip.

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Writing Tips for Science and Medical Authors

Unlike grammar and spelling, writing style is not simply a matter of right or wrong, of strict rules to follow in every circumstance. Learn how to use style to your advantage with these free writing tips.

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Writing Tip: "Hedging" in Scientific Writing

Hedging is not just for gardening! In writing, it refers to cautious language. Qualifiers, the passive voice, and apologetic quotation marks are three commonly used hedging techniques.

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Writing Tip: The Value of the Passive Voice

Sometimes the passive voice is the better choice in scientific writing. Here are three good reasons to use it.

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Grammar Tip: Dangling Modifiers

Dangling modifiers create sentences that are unclear and sometimes unintentionally humorous. Learn how to find them before your readers do!

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Writing Tip: Active Voice or Passive Voice?

Exactly what is active voice and how does it differ from passive voice? When should a science author use each voice? Learn more about these two voices with this writing tip.

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