The style files: favour the present tense

Roberts, Tony (2006) The style files: favour the present tense. Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 33 (5). pp. 313-314. ISSN 0311-0729

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[Summary]: This quote say it all. Facts are true: use the present tense to denote unchanging truths. When telling what the authors or other researchers did, use the past tense. For what is being done in the paper, use the past tense for referring back (“in Section 5 it was shown that. . . ”). For referring ahead, use . . . the present tense if the writer is thinking of how the paper is set out (“in Section 7 it is shown that. . . ”).1 Garrett (2000) [4]


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Please refer to URL link for access to paper.
Depositing User: Prof Tony Roberts
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: authorship, technical writing, scientific writing, writing style, writing techniques, tenses, tense, present tense
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190303 Technical Writing
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0199 Other Mathematical Sciences > 019999 Mathematical Sciences not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1320

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