Commonly misused words

Commonly misused phrases

Redundant words

Common style errors

Double negatives

Casual English


Avoid casual English

Casual language should be kept for conversation or other forms of writing. It must be replaced by the correct term, which is often shorter:



nowadays presently, currently
for instance for example
despite the fact that although
goes under the name of is called
on the contrary in contrast
firstly initially
to begin with initially
be that as it may however
at last finally
in as much as because
by the way delete
as a matter of fact delete
'til now (until now) to date*

*This last example also uses a contraction which cannot be used in scientific writing at all. Other examples include:



it's it is
weren't were not
didn't did not
haven't have not
can't cannot

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