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Writing Exercises

Here are some writing exercises that you can do to practice some of your style and grammar skills. Many of them are directly from "Writing Science in Plain English" by Anne E. Greene, which I highly recommend you buy.

(These are editable google doc links so I ask that you make a copy for yourself before editing them

1) Active voice (Links to an external site.)

2) Reducing word count (Links to an external site.)

3) Parallelism (Links to an external site.)

4) Varying sentence length (Links to an external site.)

5) Designing your paragraph (Links to an external site.)

Activity Solutions (Links to an external site.)

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