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Formal Paper Guidelines Focus –Every paragraph should try to prove thesis –Every sentence in a paragraph should be related to the topic sentence
Formal Paper Guidelines Flow –Use transitions then, first, also, as a result, generally, for example, likewise, except, in essence, in conclusion –Put ideas / sentences/ paragraphs in logical order
Formal Paper Guidelines Formality –Do not use informal language First person pronouns : I, me, myself, my, mine, we, us, ourselves, our, ours Second person pronouns: you, yourself, your, yours Contractions: it’s, can’t, don’t, etc. Informal word choice : kind of, a lot, anyways, ain’t –Do not use slang / internet language cool, lol,, wut, r u ok?, etc.
Formal Paper Guidelines Formality –Write out abbreviations, numbers, and symbols TV = television, phone= telephone, 2= two, 50= fifty, &= and
Formal Paper Guidelines Agreement –Avoid shifting tenses Example: We went to the store. We buy candy. –Subject -Verb dog chases/ dogs chase, he is/ they are
Formal Paper Guidelines General Rules –Avoid vagueness Pronouns must be clear –Vary Word Choice Synonyms –Possession or Plural ? Geckos are interesting. / The gecko’s habitat is in the wild. –There or Their? There are geckos everywhere. / Their habitats are everywhere.