Having analysed the most common English errors made in over 600 academic papers written by Chinese undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers, Steve Hart has written an essential, practical guide specifically for the native Chinese speaker on how to write good academic English. English Exposed: Common Mistakes Made by Chinese Speakers is divided into three main sections. The first section examines errors made with verbs, nouns, prepositions, and other grammatical classes of words. The second section focuses on problems of word choice. In addition to helping the reader find the right word, it provides instruction for selecting the right style too. The third section covers a variety of other areas essential for the academic writer, such as using punctuation, adding appropriate references, referring to tables and figures, and selecting among various English date and time phrases.
Using English Exposed will allow a writer to produce material where content and ideas—not language mistakes—speak the loudest.
Steve Hart is an academic English tutor and dissertation supervisor at a higher education institution in Cambridge, England. He has been editing and proofreading for international academics and graduate students since 2005. He has co-authored undergraduate English textbooks and written two practical grammar guides for university students.