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    Question The beginning of an article/essay

    Hello.
    I have two questions concerning the first sentence of an article.

    1. I wish to address to my Reader. Which is the right way to do it?

    a. "Dear Reader: This essay is about..."
    b. "Dear Reader: this essay is about..."
    c. "Dear Reader, This essay is about..."
    d. "Dear Reader, this essay is about..."

    2. I wish to tell my reader that I continue some previous topic. Which of the following ways is right?

    a. "I continue my mission to share with you the information about..."
    b. "I am continuing my mission to share with you the information about..."
    c. "I continue my mission of sharing with you the information about..."
    d. "I am continuing my mission of sharing with you the information about..."

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: The beginning of an article/essay

    Hello, Cat Couture:

    I think that many writing teachers tell us that it is a waste of words to say "This essay is about the history of ice cream."

    It is better, they say, to "get to the point": This essay discusses the history of ice cream. Or maybe even better:

    Dear Readers: Ice cream has a fascinating history. (In other words, don't tell us what you are going to discuss. Just start discussing it.)

    Also, perhaps some writing teachers would object to the unnecessary words "sharing with you." Just come to the point:

    Continuing my mission to explain the history of ice cream, I shall now trace the development of the three largest ice cream manufacturers in the United States. (Or even better: Forget "Continuing ... ice cream." Or even better: The three largest American ice cream manufacturers have a fascinating history.)

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    I understand and respect the fact that in many languages, it is the custom to use such phrases as "dear reader" and "share with you."

    But I think that in 2012, American writing teachers want us to write concisely. That is, just say what you want to say. Don't waste

    words on telling us what you plan to say.

    Here are two (very bad) examples of mine:

    "I intend in this article to tell you about my trip to Mexico last year." (15 words)

    Why not just say: "I visited Mexico last year." (5 words)


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: The beginning of an article/essay

    hi cat couture:
    if i were you i would discuss directly as " dear reader,ice cream had a fantastic history" and so on .
    about your second question i prefer " i continue........ of sharing......"
    i hope this answer will be useful .

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    Default Re: The beginning of an article/essay

    Quote Originally Posted by asmaa mohamed ali ramadan View Post
    hi cat couture:
    if i were you i would discuss directly as " dear reader,ice cream had a fantastic history" and so on .
    about your second question i prefer " i continue........ of sharing......"
    i hope this answer will be useful .


    Welcome to Using English. Your profile says you are an English teacher. Please set a good example by using proper capitalization in your posts. Capital letters are an important part of writing proper English. Additionally, do not leave a space before your full stops.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: The beginning of an article/essay

    Also, an ellipsis consists of three dots, as the original poster has competently demonstrated.

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