Eager is not a good substitute to describe the pain of waiting for a much dreamed of event, especially for a child. That big wrapped box that may contain a much wanted toy in the days leading up to a birthday, the long car ride to the amusement park, those are painful situations. The kind of pain that is akin to dread of something bad because what if the outcome doesn't measure up, which is why I think the word anxious gets used in that case.
Sometimes writers try to invite the reader along. This is not surprising as many journalists use this technique to write much of our everyday reading matter (e.g. newspapers, magazines, advertising). Directly addressing your reader is not appropriate academic writing as you tend to use personal pronouns and issue commands rather than using statements. For example:
Score: 6 and above
Your score suggests that you are already familiar with many of the academic writing practices that you will be expected to adopt at a British university. It is likely that you already do many of them at university in your home country. If you are aware of them but have not applied them before in English, your university may offer a pre-sessional course to help you improve both your skill and confidence before beginning your studies. There may also be a language support service offering in-sessional classes in academic writing or an advisory service that you can use once your course begins.
Students sometimes mistakenly believe it is enough to have a large vocabulary in English in order to produce academic writing. Academic writing style does involve a formal and often specifically academic vocabulary. However, you will also need to be able to use a range of more complex grammatical structures and have good spelling and punctuation. As well as these, you will need to know about academic writing conventions such as how to reference. To convey meaning well, you will also need to use all of these features to produce writing that is cohesive and coherent. A large vocabulary is not enough on its own to write in a formal academic style.
It is in fact correct to say that academic essay writing is of utmost importance in the attainment of a university degree. A high proportion of marks are allocated to the compilation of essay assignments as part of a university course to the point where it could be the causation of terminating a degree program because of failure. There is somewhat of an obligation for universities in the provision of services to the student population to educate their students in the intricacies of essay writing early in their undergraduate first year.
Those who insist that nauseous can properly be used only in sense 1 and that in sense 2 it is an error for nauseated are mistaken. Current evidence shows these facts: nauseous is most frequently used to mean physically affected with nausea, usually after a linking verb such as feel or become; figurative use is quite a bit less frequent. Use of nauseous in sense 1 is much more often figurative than literal, and this use appears to be losing ground to nauseating. Nauseated is used more widely than nauseous in sense 2.
I was really enjoying this article until I read the final passage about "nauseous". Mind you, I am certainly not the type to be easily offended. Not by a long shot. But your example has truly crossed the line! "I was nauseated after falling into that dumpster behind the Planned Parenthood." Really?! On a day it was announced that the Komen Foundation would no longer fund breast-health screenings to Planned Parenthood (due to heavy Anti-Choice influence), THIS was the example you chose?! I realize (I hope?) you were trying to be humorous, but considering the fact that fewer than 3% of Planned Parenthood's services are related to abortions, your example merely perpetuates the grossly incorrect stereotype of this much-needed program. Because of these types of mind-sets (very misguided, in my humble opinion) tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of low-income and at-risk women will no longer have access to breast- and reproductive-health screenings. Shame on you, I say! Shame, shame, shame! I sincerely hope you will find a better, more constructive way to exempilfy "nauseated". How's this? Your commentary and example made me feel nauseated?!?!
@rinkworks I didn't not know that! And unlike another commenter who claimed to be a grammer geek, I knew all of the mistakes listed here, except that I thought Jon was right about 'nauseous'. Fun to learn something new.
Most of the time, it is difficult to write essays in English for many multilingual students like me, not only because we have to translate Chinese to English, but also because of the different styles of academic writing we learned in China.
Academic writing uses language to report, argue and critique. You must use statements at all times to do this. This means that you do not revert to using personal address such as questions and commands.
English composition was never my choice subject and essay writing was not exactly the most joyful assignment at the high school but there were indicators that writing skills would play a crucial role in my future life, irrespective of which career I c...
Will "to impact" and "impactful" eventually become official words? I guess if people get bored with using them, they'll be forgotten, but they may one day be real words. I was having a similar dispute in relation to "adjunct" - as in "someone teaches as an adjunct, not as full professor." Many people who actually do that job will say "I'm adjuncting at such and such college," and those unfamiliar with the usage will say that's not a word. Same (and weirder) with TA-ing.