Vocabulary is the words you use in writing. It also refers to your word choice in a piece of writing.

Why should I care about vocabulary?

Using the correct and appropriate vocabulary demonstrates your command of the language in which you write. It helps clarify your thoughts. It also helps your reader understand you more easily.

Automated Feedback can help you with choosing the appropriate vocabulary for your academic writing.

The Vocabulary criterion consists of the following checks: concise writing, distinguish commonly confused words, and proper word combinations.


Concise writing

Concise writing means avoiding unnecessary words. Unnecessary words often mean words that convey similar or identical meanings as other words.

Why should I write concisely?

In academic writing, writing concisely is important because it helps reduce the length of your work so that it is easier for your reader to follow. It also makes your writing more effective in expressing your ideas.

How can I write concisely?

You can write concisely by trying to use as few words as possible, as long as they express the concepts completely. You can do this by brainstorming for synonyms.

Automated Feedback can detect the use of unnecessary words and provide you with suggestions to make your writing more concise.


Distinguish commonly confused words

Some words are commonly confused because they sound similar in spoken language, but have different spellings and meanings. Sometimes, words are also confused because their meanings are similar when they are in different forms.

For example, “effect” and “affect” are commonly confused because they sound the same in spoken language, but as a verb, they have different meanings.

Why should I distinguish commonly confused words?

In academic writing, you should use the correct word to express your ideas so you do not confuse your readers. It also shows that you are prsoficient in the language in which you write.

How can I distinguish commonly confused words?

When unsure, use a dictionary to look up the meaning of the words that you are using. Proofread your writing to make sure you are using the correct form.

Automated Feedback can detect commonly confused words and provide you with feedback on distinguishing them.


Proper word combinations

Proper word combinations are also called collocations. They refer to word pairs that appear more frequently than chance.

For example, as a pair, “quick shower” is more commonly used than “fast shower” even though “quick” and “fast” contain similar meanings.

Why should I use proper word combinations?

Using the correct collocations helps make your writing sound more natural to your readers.

How can I use proper word combinations?

When unsure, use a dictionary to look up the common pairings of words you are using. Proofread your writing to make sure you are using the correct ones.

Automated Feedback can detect word combinations and provide feedback on how to use them properly.

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