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Written English

A Guide for Electrical and Electronic Students and Engineers, 1st Edition

By Steve Hart

CRC Press

200 pages | 128 B/W Illus.

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Description

A research paper or graduate essay demonstrating weak English and poor formatting is likely to be rejected by an editor or marked down by an assessor; but why should these gaps in your English knowledge undermine your subject knowledge and skill as an engineer or student of the discipline?

Written English: A Guide for Electrical and Electronic Students and Engineers is the first resource to work at the sentence level to resolve the English language problems facing international engineering students and scholars. Informed by hundreds of research papers and student essays, this valuable reference:

  • Covers grammar essentials and key terms in the fields of electrical engineering, electronic engineering, and communication systems
  • Uses real-world examples to reveal common mistakes and identify critical areas of focus
  • Provides practical solutions to formatting, vocabulary, and stylistic issues

Written English: A Guide for Electrical and Electronic Students and Engineers equips readers with the necessary knowledge to produce accurate and effective English when writing for engineering.

Reviews

"This is the perfect reference for an international audience. In addition, this is a text that one would want on his or her shelf as an undergraduate, through graduate school, and into one’s professional career."

—William Magrino, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA

"… provides many good examples (with errors and with corrections), covers some of the most common errors, and employs a design throughout, making it easy for readers to review the information quickly."

—Dan Jones, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

"… useful for beginner non-native English writers, such as international graduate students. … covers many of the most common mistakes made by beginner writers."

—Agung Julius, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA

Table of Contents

GRAMMAR

Nouns

Noun formation

Countable and uncountable nouns

Compounds

Articles

The definite article

The indefinite and zero articles

Proper nouns

Fixed phrases

Omitting the article

Example errors

Pronouns and quantifiers

Personal pronouns

The 'of' phrase

Example errors

Subject/verb agreement

Identifying the subject

Using two subjects

Singular or plural form?

Words of quantity

Uncountable nouns

Verbals

Choosing the -ing form

Present and past participles

Choosing the infinitive

Selected samples

The verb ‘to be’

Confusion with 'being'

Confusion between has been / was

Modal verbs

Golden rule

Questions

Phrasal verbs

A few examples

Position of the particle

Types of errors

Adjectives and adverbs

Adjective / adverb comparisons

Adverb placement

Comparatives and superlatives

The past participle

Excessive adjectives

Example errors

Prepositions

Prepositional phrases (at, to, with, of, by, for, on, in)

Clauses

Types of clause

Conjunctions

Conditional clauses

Comparative construction

Only

Example errors

Prefixes

Forms and errors

Hyphens and prefixes

STYLE AND PUNCTUATION

Style: Clarity and brevity

Redundant and unnecessary terms

Position of the subject

Of

Conjunctions

Using lists

Style: Voice and verb choice

Tense

Merits of both voices

Nominalization

Verb strength

Tense

Changing tenses

Tense selection

Future events

Time and duration

Opening statements

Time expressions

Titles

Titles of the paper

Titles of chapters and figures

Spelling form

Differences between AE and BE

Capitalization

General principles

Colons, parentheses, dashes

Colons and semicolons

Horizontal lines

Parentheses

Apostrophes

DATA AND REFERENCING

Figures and tables

Using figures

Using tables

Permissions

The grammar of figures and tables

Numbers and units

SI units

Punctuation and spacing

Style

Position of the number

Percentages

Errors

Equations

Formatting

Terminology

Further suggestions

Example errors

Referencing

The number system

Reference list (bibliography)

A–Z LIST OF ERRORS

Absorption – commutate

Compete – efficient

Electrical – lack

Lifetime – rely

Resonance – strengths and weaknesses

Survey – worth

INDEX

About the Author

Steve Hart has been editing and proofreading for international academics and graduate students of engineering since 2005. A former high school teacher with a background in sociolinguistics, he has written grammar guides for the Indian market and produced coursebooks for several academies in the United Kingdom. He is currently English Skills Coordinator at a higher education institution in Cambridge, England.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC008000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)