English Mistakes Commonly Made in a Dissertation | Examples
August 11, 2015
September 19, 2022.
Students tend to make the same language mistakes over and over again in
academic writing. Taking a careful look at these lists of mistakes that we often encounter may help you to break these habits. Avoiding them will set your writing apart and give it a more polished feel.
If you want to make sure your dissertation doesn’t contain any language errors, you could consider using a
dissertation editing service.
Although spellcheck features catch many spelling mistakes, they cannot be relied on entirely. These words are still frequently misspelled in many theses.
Researches were conducted.
Research was conducted.
Research is an uncountable noun.
The amount of variables may change. The
number of variables may change. Use
number with countable nouns (e.g., changes), amount with uncountable nouns (e.g., air).
A MRI, a HR directive
An MRI, an HR directive An abbreviation that starts with a vowel sound takes “an.”
The teenagers that The teenagers
who with people, that with things
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Are both similar Are similar
Although the two cases
are similar, they are not identical.
Both economic and
political factors were considered.
So called…, factor based… So-called…, factor-based…
so-called experts only conducted factor-based analyses.
The authors were
especially interested in inflation pressures. Capitalization
Results Of The Interviews Results of the interviews or Results of the Interviews
Additional information is presented in Table 9 (
Results of the interviews). Conjunctions and linking terms
First of all, firstly First
First, all participants were given a survey.
However … However, …
However, most theorists disagree.
Like Such as
such as Oslo and Helsinki have long, dark winters. Nouns/noun phrases
Insights in Insights into
The results offer valuable
insights into the problem.
MNC’s, PC’s MNCs, PCs
MNCs purchase thousands of PCs annually.
One criteria One criterion
many criteria were considered, one criterion stood out
Research conclusion Research conclusions
Chapter 6 contains the
Taxi’s, umbrella’s Taxis, umbrellas
Taxis are often full of forgotten umbrellas.
The childs behavior, the parents attitude The child’s behavior, the parents’ attitude
child’s behavior was aggressive, her parents’ attitude was very relaxed.
Two analysis Two analyses
Several analyses were conducted, but one analysis was most fruitful.
Two hypothesis Two hypotheses
This dissertation proposes many hypotheses. Prepositions/prepositional phrases
Besides, Next to In addition to
In addition to building dams, the government also invested in roads.
The ages ranged
from 18 to 24.
In the light of In light of
The test was cancelled
in light of the wind.
The participants were grouped
To what extend To what extent
It is not known
to what extent the subjects were being truthful. Pronouns
A person… his… People… their…
A person… his or her…
Researchers should cite their sources.
A researcher should cite his or her sources.
one reads the study, one may indeed be convinced. Punctuating numbers
The price was exactly
Many styles of music emerged in the
A couple of A few, two/three, a handful of
A few controversial questions were also included.
A lot of Many, much, several, a great deal of
Much time was spent on the test. Terms used in citations
Et al, Et all. Et al.
The mutation is thought to be widespread (Han
et al., 1999)
Et al. has Et al. have
et al. have asserted that the effect is temporary. Verbs/phrasal verbs
Choose yesterday Chose yesterday
The project manager
chose her team before planning began.
Divide in Divide into
This dissertation is
divided into seven sections.
Lead yesterday Led yesterday
Although the Liberals currently
lead in the polls, the Conservatives led last week.
Make a photo Take a photo
The time was set to
take photos at 20-second intervals.
Send yesterday Sent yesterday
was sent to all employees. Words that are commonly confused
Which one to use?
What’s usually the difference?
effect was strong; the drug affected all members of the experimental group. Effect =
Affect = verb
personnel do not like to discuss their personal problems. Personnel = noun
Personal = adjective
principal author outlined the theories and principles that arose from the study. Principal = adjective
Principle = noun
Where were you? Were = verb
Where = adjective
Following these tips will help you to improve your written
academic English in general. The next step is to fine-tune your writing depending on whether you are using American, British, or Australian English! A grammar checker can also help you automatically fix mistakes you may have missed after proofreading.
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