Word Choice


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Word Description
a/an/the

the definite article the combined with a noun implies that the reader can identify which instance of the noun is being referred to. If it is not clear what specifically the noun is referring to, then use the relative article a (or “an” if the word begins with a vowel or vowel sound. Example: “The solution was poured into the flask.” should only be used if that particular flask has been previously identified. “A flask was placed on ice. The solution was then poured into the flask”. If the flask has not been identified then the sentences should be, “The solution was poured into a flask”.

accept/except/expect

accept means agree with, except means not including, and expect means anticipate

acute/chronic

use these terms to describe symptoms, conditions, or diseases

adapt/adopt

adapt, make use of, fit to; adopt, choose, follow, take on. We adapted the methods used by Brown et al. 2001 in rats to apply to mice. We adopted the methods of Brown et al. 2001.

affect/effect

affect is a verb that means to “act upon”, as in “This drug affects the central nervous system”; effect is a noun that means “outcome”, as in “The effects of this drug on the central nervous system are not known”

all of/both of

of is unnecessary; all or both is sufficient

among/between

among is used to compare more than two items, between is used to compare only two items

amount/number
Number should be used when the items can be counted, whereas amount should be used to denote quantity.
can/may

can indicates the ability or power to do something; may refers to possibility or permission

case/patient

case is one particular instance that can be evaluated and reported, and a case is observed; a patient is a person receiving medical care, and a patient can be followed

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