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    #11

    Re: How can we get more students into science?

    Thank you, that was a lot of information in one post. I've read a few articles on beginning a sentence with a conjunction, they all agree it's not a mistake as long as it's not the very first sentence.

    "Amount" is used for uncountable nouns, and "number" for countable nouns, is that correct?

    Reducing the number of words is not difficult, I just tend to write wordy sentences that are "too long and trying to say too many things" as you put it. I need to work on that.

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    #12

    Re: How can we get more students into science?

    "Amount" is used for uncountable nouns, and "number" for countable nouns, is that correct? Yes, that is correct

    Reducing the number of words is not difficult; I just tend to write wordy sentences that are "too long and trying to say too many things" as you put it. I need to work on that.

    You need a semi-colon or a full-stop there. Otherwise it becomes a run-on sentence.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #13

    Re: How can we get more students into science?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post

    Reducing the number of words is not difficult. I just tend to write wordy sentences that are "too long and trying to say too many things" as you put it. I need to work on that.
    You might have noticed that my posts tend to be short, and my sentences tend to be short. That is at least partly on purpose. The shorter posts with shorter sentences are easier to read and understand and remember. As a result, well, one can always hope that they will have some effect.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-May-2019 at 20:42. Reason: Fixed typo
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    #14

    Re: How can we get more students into science?

    I was taught not to begin a sentence with a conjunction. But then real life happened to me.


    I was taught not to begin a sentence with a conjunction. But later I learned that there are times when it makes perfect sense to do so.

    I was taught that it is wrong to begin a sentence with a conjunction. But I also "learned" other things in school that are just not true.

    Last edited by Tarheel; 02-May-2019 at 16:25.
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    #15

    Re: How can we get more students into science?

    How do get scientists to talk to young students? Look for them! Ask if there are any people in the scientific community who would like to talk to college, high school, or grade school students. They could talk about their work. They could talk about projects they've been working on. They could discuss the scientific method. They could talk about our home planet. The possibilities are endless.

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    Following is the start of my next discussion.

    Earth is a rocky planet that revolves around the sun in the Goldilocks zone.

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