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Ensuring the Flow of Discourse: Conjunctions and Conjuncts

In learning a new language, we tend to think of the individual word as the basic structural and functional unit. However, in biomedical writing individual words seldom present much diffi culty. Rather, it is how we arrange them that decides whether or not we succeed in creating a convincing argument.

By way of illustration, newcomers to biomedical writing initially create simple statements such as, “The prevalence of HIV infection is decreasing in Western Europe,” or “The prevalence of HIV infection is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa.” When advised that scientifi c writing is characterized by longer sentences of a more complex nature, they respond with the likes of “The prevalence of HIV infection is decreasing in Western Europe and the prevalence of HIV infection is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa.” The writer has joined two ideas together, but would you say that they have created a successful sentence?

Keywords

Functional Unit Simple Statement Individual Word Convincing Argument Logical Connection 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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