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ELOPE Various

ELOPE XI – SPRING is here!

ELOPE XI – Spring has arrived. SDAŠ members and the authors will be receiving their free copies this week!

Congratulations to the journal editors ( Smiljana Komar, Uroš Mozetič), the guest editors (Tomaž Onič and Simon Zupan), and the authors: Tina Cupar, Alenka Valh Lopert, Michelle Gadpaille, Nursen Gömceli, Klementina Jurančič Petek, Primož Jurko, Victor Kennedy, Melita Kukovec, Frančiška Lipovšek, Katja Plemenitaš, Janez Skela, Simon Zupan and Marko Štefanič.

Soon, ELOPE XI – Spring will also be available on-line. Meanwhile, feel free to browse the past issues of ELOPE: http://www.sdas.edus.si/elope.html

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Tips

Language/Writing Tip 37

Avoid using the same conjunctions again and again. “But” and “as” are two main culprits here.

Showing contrast:

“The academic year is almost over, BUT that doesn’t mean I have stopped already. Some students are tempted to stop, BUT I am not. BUT this is not a desire that is limited to students.

Showing causality:

“AS the moon goes around the earth, and AS the earth goes around the sun, we can conclude that the moon goes around the sun. AS I do not have a telescope, I have to take this on scientific faith.”

Fresher:
“ALTHOUGH the academic year is almost over, it doesn’t mean I have stopped already. Some students are tempted to stop, BUT I am not. This, HOWEVER, is not a desire that is limited to students.”

“BECAUSE the moon goes around the earth, and AS the earth goes around the sun, we can conclude that the moon goes around the sun. SINCE I do not have a telescope, I have to take this on scientific faith.”

[“AS the moon goes around the earth, and AS the earth goes around the sun…” or “BECAUSE the moon goes around the earth, and BECAUSE the earth goes around the sun” would of course be pleasant parallelisms.]

Another note: starting with “Because…” signals causality from the outset. In other words, there’s none of the ambiguity that might spring from “As…”

“As I was walking…” can continue:
a) “…I was obviously not driving.” (causal)
b) “…down the street, I saw a duck.” (temporal)

All of the tips to date are available at:
http://www2.arnes.si/~bjason/LW%20tips.pdf

Tips

Language/Writing Tip 36

The semi-colon is a wonderful half-break in a sentence; a fine way of not-quite stopping the flow of words.

And that sentence is simply wrong.

There is no call for a break before the fragment “a fine way…” It is a continuation of the copulative “is.”

Remember that the semi-colon is a substitute for a period.

That is a simple way to remember how to use the semi-colon; [sic] an easy rule of thumb.

(Never use a semi-colon instead of a colon, such as when you are introducing a quotation.)