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English for Academic Research: Grammar, Usage and Style


Part of the English for Academic Research book series (EAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 11-17
  3. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 19-24
  4. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 25-27
  5. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 29-34
  6. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 43-48
  7. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 49-58
  8. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 59-63
  9. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 147-158
  10. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 159-163
  11. Adrian Wallwork
    Pages 165-168

About this book


This guide is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on the reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage, style and grammar. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

English for Academic Research: Grammar, Usage and Style covers those areas of English usage that typically cause researchers difficulty: articles (a/an, the), uncountable nouns, tenses (e.g. simple present, simple past, present perfect), modal verbs, active vs. passive form, relative clauses, infinitive vs. -ing form, the genitive, noun strings, link words (e.g. moreover, in addition), quantifiers (e.g. each vs. every), word order, prepositions, acronyms, abbreviations, numbers and measurements, punctuation, and spelling. Due to its focus on the specific errors that repeatedly appear in papers written by non-native authors, this manual is an ideal study guide for use in universities and research institutes.

Other related books in this series:

  • English for Academic Research: Grammar Exercises
  • English for Academic Research: Vocabulary Exercises
  • English for Academic Research: Writing Exercises
  • English for Writing Research Papers
  • English for Academic Research: Teacher's Guide

Adrian Wallwork has written over 30 books covering General English (Cambridge University Press, Scholastic), Business English (Oxford University Press), and Scientific English (Springer). He has trained several thousand PhD students from all over the world to write and present their research. Adrian also runs a scientific editing service: English for Academics (E4AC).


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.PisaItaly

About the authors

Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 30 English Language Teaching (ELT) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and researchers from 40 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research manuscripts through his own proofreading and editing service.

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