Academic Writing

Features of academic writing

Complexity

Participles

Formal written English uses verbs less than spoken English. -ed and -ing participles allow verbs to be used nominally or adjectively.

Similar temptations overcame philosophers concerned with establishing a secure base for individual responsibility
The Egyptians regarded time as a succession of recurring phases.
Doubts as to the proper division of property at death, as well as rights between partners living together, were resolved by having legal rules prescribing a formula.
It was only to be tolerated in a controlled and formalised context.
A frequent change found in proper names is syllable loss.