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Grammar matters: form and structure

Do not over use nominalisation

  • Nominalisation is using the noun form rather than the verb form of a word.

    The university educated (verb) many successful criminal lawyers. This made the law school very prestigious.

    The university’s education
    (noun) of many successful criminal lawyers made the law school very prestigious.
  • Uses: making very formal writing concise; including more ideas in a sentence.
  • Over use of nominalisation can make your writing tedious and difficult to understand.

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