This comprehensive and practical book covers the basics of grammar as well as the broad brush issues such as writing a grant application and selling to your potential audience. The clear explanations are expanded and lightened with helpful examples and telling quotes from the giants of good writing. These experienced writers and teachers make scientific writing enjoyable.
Everything is easy when you know how! The skill of scientificwriting is no exception. To be a good writer, all you need to dois learn and then follow a few simple rules. However, it can be
difficult to get a good grasp on the rules if your learningexperience is a protracted process of trial and error. There is nothing more discouraging than handing a document that
has taken hours to write to a coworker who takes a few
minutes to cover it in red pen and expects you to find this a
rewarding learning exercise....
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It is, however, easy to confuse the main idea or theme with the subject. Basically, the subject of a piece of writing is what that piece is generally about, plain and simple - the facts and information. However, when you look past the facts and information to the heart of what writers are trying to say, and why they are saying it, that’s the main idea or theme.
The task of discourse generation is to produce multisentential text in natural language which (when heard or read) produces effects (informing, motivating, etc.) and impressions (conciseness, correctness, ease of reading, etc.) which are appropriate to a need or goal held by the creator of the text. Because even little children can produce multieententiaJ text, the task of discourse generation appears deceptively easy. It is actually extremely complex, in part because it usually involves many different kinds of knowledge.