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Keywords:

  • English language;
  • scientific writing

Abstract

The goal of scientific writing is clear communication of facts and ideas. Many books are available that explain the myriad of English grammar rules but clear communication requires more than just correct grammar; it also requires an understanding of how people read English. This paper briefly describes the structure of English prose and lists four principles to help non-native speakers improve their writing. The first two deal with individual sentences, focusing on the importance of the stress position and the subject–verb link. The final two deal with series of sentences, focusing on the importance of cohesion and coherence.