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Interchangeable Words

Because...since...while...Use these words for what they mean.
  • Exercise caution in the use of words like ‘because’ and ‘since’. Do not use them interchangeably3.
  • Use ‘since’ to denote time, e.g., “since the past eight years…” not “The study was taken up since we found that…” In this context, use because“The study was taken up because we found that…”
  • Use ‘while’ to link events. Otherwise, words like whereas, although and but, are preferable3.
Expand abbreviations
  • Limit the use of abbreviations. Expand the abbreviations the first time you use them; e.g., Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR).
  • Refer to drugs by their composition, not brand name; e.g., analgesic tablet, not Saridon or Dispirin.
Check for accuracy
  • Use scientific conventions correctly – SI units, symbols, Greek letters.
  • Check your calculations for accuracy.
  • After you have written your paper, put it away for a few days. Re-read it and correct any ambiguity or errors. Read it aloud to yourself and check whether it sounds correct.
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