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Word Choice: Continuously and Continually

It can be easy to mix up continuously and continually when writing. Still, you should be careful to make the right word choice appropriate for your sentence. Careful word selection can greatly enhance your writing. It can also help your reader understand exactly what you are trying to express. In this blog I will explain when continuously and continually are appropriate.

Continuously means ‘unceasingly’ or ‘uninterrupted’. For example, I might say that “my ears were ringing continuously throughout the concert because the music was so loud”.

Continually, in contrast, means ‘regularly’ or ‘frequent intervals’. For example, if I make a habit of going to loud concerts, I might say that I “continually attend loud concerts”.

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Word Choice: Dependant vs. Dependent

Dependant and dependent sound similar when spoken, and they look almost identical. But these are distinct words referring to different things. Furthermore, whether you are following American or British convention impacts which word choice is appropriate for your writing. In this blog I will briefly explain the difference between dependant and dependent, and explain the difference in usage between American and British English.

Dependant is a noun and refers to someone who depends on someone else. For example, “taxpayers can pay less tax for each dependant they have”.

In contrast, dependent is an adjective meaning supported, determined, influenced, or controlled by someone or something. For example, “you should not take too many sleeping pills; you don’t want to become dependent on them”.

In American English, both the noun and the adjective forms – explained above – are spelled dependent. However, in British English, the noun is spelled dependant, and the adjective is spelled dependent.

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Word Choice: Elicit or Illicit

When words sound or look almost the same, it can be very easy to make the wrong word choice and use them inappropriately in your writing. Therefore, it is important to make sure that words are used appropriately. Otherwise, your reader may fail to grasp what you are trying to communicate to them. In this blog I will briefly explain the difference between the words elicit and illicit. I will also introduce an invaluable resource that can help all writers continue to improve their skills.

Elicit is a verb meaning ‘to call forth’ or ‘bring out’. For example, if a journalist is interviewing someone, and in doing so, asking them for information, we might say they are eliciting information. Alternatively, if someone’s actions called for someone else to act, we might say their actions elicited a response.

In contrast, illicit is an adjective which means ‘unlawful’ or ‘not permitted’. For example, we might identify drugs which have been outlawed in a given region as illicit substances. Using both of the terms being discussed in this blog, we could write, ‘in order to bust the drug ring, the undercover police officer elicited illicit substances’.

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Harvard Referencing Several Works by One Author in the Same Year

Once you have finished writing your work it can be a chore to ensure that all your referencing is done properly. Different types of source require different elements and these elements are arranged in a particular way for each type of reference. Below, I will demonstrate how to reference several works by one author that were published in the same year according to the Harvard referencing style.

To reference a single book in Harvard style, you simply state the author’s surname and the year it was published. A basic reference should look like this: (Smith, 2010). If you have already stated the author’s surname in the sentence preceding the reference, then just state the year. For example, Smith has made significant contributions to the field of nanoethics (2010).

To reference multiple works by one author that were published in a single year, simply state the author’s surname and the publication year but differentiate each work with a lower case letter directly following – with no space – the year of publication. For example, (Smith, 2010a).

If you need to reference multiple works by one author in a single citation, just separate each year of publication with a semicolon. Such a reference should look like this: (Smith, 2009; 2010a; 2010b).

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How to Reference a Book using the Harvard Referencing Style

Printed books are perhaps the most used resources to support arguments in academic papers, especially essays and theses. In this blog entry, we will talk about how to reference printed books following the Harvard referencing style.

The general format is as follows:

Surname, INITIALS. Year. Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

If you cite a book written by only one author, the reference would look like this example.

Mendler, A.N. 2012. When teaching gets tough: Smart ways to reclaim your game. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Its corresponding direct citation in the text would be:

Mendler (2012) states….

An indirect citation would be like:

A teacher should choose her attitude as a strategy (Mendler, 2012)

If you cite a book written by more than one author, the reference should be written as follows:

Moss, C.M. and Brookhart, S.M. 2012. Learning targets: Helping students aim for understanding in today’s lesson. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

The direct citation would be:

As Moss and Brookhart (2012) point out..

The indirect one would be:

Engaging students is a must (Moss and Brookhart, 2012)

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How to Reference an Edited Book Using APA Style

When an edited book should be referenced the editor appears in the place where the author is usually cited.

According to the APA referencing style, the reference of an edited book should look like:

Editor’s Surname, INITIALS. (Ed.). (Year). Title of book. City, State abbreviation or country if relevant: Publisher

Let us see two examples of how an edited book should be referenced using the APA style:

Lambert, N.M. & McCombs, B. (Eds.). (1998). How students learn: Reforming schools through learner-centered education. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Noll, J.W. (Ed.). (2011). Taking sides: Clashing views on educational issues. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

Both paraphrase and quotation in-text citations require to treat the editor(s) as the author(s) of the book.

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Word Choice: Envelop vs. Envelope

When two words look or sound similar, it can be very easy to misuse them. This is true of spoken and written communication, but it is especially important in written communication. The audience of written communication must rely on one’s words and punctuation alone to grasp a message. As a result, word choice is very important in writing.

Envelop and evelope look and sound quite similar. In this blog I will briefly explain when to use each of these words. I will also give a great tip for improving your ability to communicate through writing.

Envelop is a verb meaning ‘to cover’ or ‘to enclose’. For example, it would be appropriate to use envelop in the following way: “As the buildings in the square began to burn, smoke started to envelop the crowd”.

Envelope is a noun which refers to a container that is used to send things in the post or mail. For example, we might say, “Did you post the money? Yes, I put it in an envelope and took it to the post office this afternoon”. While we might not normally speak this way, we could technically say, “The envelope enveloped the letter”.

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