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Questions related to academic English or English for academic purposes, i.e. the English used in higher education.

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"people aged from 15 to 24" vs "people ages from 15 to 24": which is grammatically correct?

Here is a sentence excerpted from an APA psychological research paper, Teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed ...
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Why do the titles of scholarly works sometimes begin with the word "on"?

For example, one of the articles in volume 183 issue 1 (January 2016) of Annals of Mathematics is titled "On the fibration method for zero-cycles and rational points". Why not just call it "The ...
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Word for going to a university class but without being enrolled?

Not sure if this only happens in my country, but a university student can go to a class without actually being enrolled. The student is either there because he wants to "try" the class first, or ...
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direct quote and adding a remark

I am currently writing an academic text and need to directly quote/cite text from a paper. What is best practice when I need to add a remark/note to the quote? For instance, I would do it like this: ...
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Passive voice in academic writing; why is it not recommended? [duplicate]

When writing academic papers in English I use three different spelling and proofreading tools: Word, Grammarly, and Ginger. In the settings of all these tools, I specify that the document is an ...
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The term for caring more about problems that you see as directly affecting yourself

What is the term for the tendency to care more about problems that we perceive as directly affecting us? Or, relatedly, the tendency to show more empathy for people's problems when we perceive the ...
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"The problem under consideration" vs "The considered problem" vs "The problem considered"

I'm writing a research essay. Is there any difference between the provided three variants? If there is, which is best to use?
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Correct formatting of quote which includes a description of speaker and where quote was spoken [closed]

I am trying to begin a paper with a quote but the person is really only known to people within a certain background so I want to include more information than: person + where quote was spoken. Just ...
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Different uses of "risk of/to/for" in professional medical literature [style]

This question is about the preferred style in medical scientific journals. Consider the following sentences: risk to develop a severe reaction risk of developing a severe reaction risk for developing ...
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Can "e.g." be used to indicate that the preceding clause is an example?

I was advised not to use "for example" in academic work. If I have the following sentence: "The state of New York, for example, uses Auctions to assign...", is it possible to substitute the "for ...
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