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    Essay Writing

    Hi,
    which tense should be used in essay writing? is essay should be in passive voice as i have red my articles and essays of many people written in passive voice?
    kindly guide me in this regard. thanks
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    Re: Essay Writing

    There is no simple answer to your question.

    The tense of the verb in each sentence depends on the context.

    The active/passive question is more complicated. When I was at school, half a century ago, it was almost obligatory to use the passive voice in most forms of academic writing, especially in fields that were, or thought they were, scientific. Things are more fluid today.

    Try to find out what is generally accepted in the field in which you wish to write. If you are still at school or university, ask your teachers/tutors/lecturers/supervisors what they recommend.

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    Re: Essay Writing

    I want to write essay for CSS. what would you say?

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    Re: Essay Writing

    I would say what I said in post 2.

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    Re: Essay Writing

    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Nerves View Post
    Hi,
    Which tense should be used in essay writing? ​They tend to use the present tense a lot, but most essays use more than one tense.


    Should essays be in passive voice​? ​I have re​ad m​any articles and ​essays written in passive voice​.

    ​Please guide me in this regard. ​Thanks​.
    1. ALWAYS start sentences with capital letters.

    2. ALWAYS capitalize the word I.

    3. Sentences are in active or passive voice. Essays are not. Essays are made of sentences whose voices will vary throughout the essay.

    4. Active voice is generally stronger, clearer, and more concise. But passive voice is often useful, too.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Essay Writing

    Marvel123, whatever choices you have made in the past, we are not in the habit here of encouraging learners to cheat. Any essay a learner submits must be their own work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Marvel, please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    Re: Essay Writing

    I think, that's the personal choice. You cannot know all the circumstances of his deed.
    But of course, it is easy to judge without the full understanding.

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    If people wish to cheat, that is their personal choice. Here on this forum we will have nothing to do with it. I fully understand that taking credit for work done by others is dishonest.

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    Re: Essay Writing

    Quote Originally Posted by Marvel23 View Post
    I think, that's the personal choice. You cannot know all the circumstances of his deed.
    But of course, it is easy to judge without the full understanding.
    The rules are simple- if it's cheating, it's cheating. Getting someone else to do your work is cheating, and always has been.

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