Tag Archives: Passive voice

Overuse of linking phrases and discourse markers

There seems to be a tendency among non-native speakers of English to use more linking phrases in their writing than is necessary. There are numerous examples of such phrases. Many of them use the passive voice and can be very … Continue reading

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How to be polite in English

Non-native English speakers sometimes sound abrupt and impolite to native English speakers. This is because they often use language that is too direct, and does not have the correct “distance” from the hearer or reader. It is therefore important to use … Continue reading

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