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Undergraduate Writing: Technique

Introduction

The technique used when writing academically is modern English grammar, including word use and order, punctuation, and sentence structure. These elements help the reader navigate your sentences smoothly, with a clear understanding of meaning.

Work through the final exercise in this series below to improve your grasp of writing technique!

Exercise

There are nine errors in the following paragraphs. Try to identify each one. If you get stuck, browse our grammar resources.

The perception of power is necessary for manage conflict (Sportsman, 2005). In this case, the new graduate feel powerless to make clinical decisions and relies on the assistance of others to act professionally sound. Although she questions the validity of her newly acquired power, causing frustration and resentment among coworkers. The experienced nurses while autonomous in their own practice view their power for decision making is undermined by the new graduate's behaviors of second-guessing their expertise.
The physician uses their expertise to educate and direct the new graduate, however, the power of the normally independent physician is reduced by the graduate's level of insecurity. This cause conflict in professional relationships, anger, and interuption of care and services.

Exercise Discussion

The paragraphs contain errors in word form, subject-verb agreement, transitional terms, commas, noun-pronoun agreement, semicolons, and spelling. See the corrections here:

The perception of power is necessary for manage managing conflict (Sportsman, 2005). In this case, the new graduate feels powerless to make clinical decisions and relies on the assistance of others to act professionally sound. Although Additionally, she questions the validity of her newly acquired power, causing frustration and resentment among coworkers. The experienced nurses, while autonomous in their own practice, view their power for decision making is undermined by the new graduate's behaviors of second-guessing their expertise.
The physician uses their her expertise to educate and direct the new graduate, ; however, the power of the normally independent physician is reduced by the graduate's level of insecurity. This causes conflict in professional relationships, anger, and interruption of care and services.