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    Smile Word usage in academic/formal writing

    Dear teachers,

    Is it academic/formal to write something like this:

    The reading passage and the professor both debate on the subject of / that ______.
    However, the speaker call into question the ideas presented in the reading passage.
    He points out that the article is inaccurate and omit critical facts with several reasons.

    What I worry is that although I am familiar with each word in sentences, I do not know whether it is okay to put them together.


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    Re: Word usage in academic/formal writing

    You could replace call into question with questions and points out with says/states/observes. etc. Omit should have -s on the end. ...critical facts with several reasons ​doesn't make much sense.

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