Instructions

Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Critiques, with examples. Here is some information about the way the information is shown.

Here are some words and groups of words that commonly occur in Critiques, with examples from different disciplines. Click on Instructions for more information about the format.

The strength(s)/weakness(es) Example

 

Discourse Markers

 
however Example
despite Example
nevertheless Example
thus Example
hence Example
consequently Example
therefore Example

 

play(s) an (important) role (in) Example
VERB an (important) role (in) Example
large number of, wide range of, great deal of Example

Try the tasks below to understand more about the vocabulary used in Critiques.

You might also find the following language useful when writing a Critique:

Task 1

Look at the Sketch Engine list of sentences dealing with evaluating methodologies in Critiques. Drag the phrases to make correct sentences. Note that in the phrase 'strengths and weaknesses', 'strengths' is always first; never write 'weaknesses and strengths'.

Exercise

Task 2

Look at the Sketch Engine listing of discourse markers. Match the sentences to show the linking role of "however" and "therefore".

Exercise

Task 3

Look at the Sketch Engine listing of discourse markers. Fill in the gaps in the sentences to show the use of the words.

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Task 4

Look at the Sketch Engine listing for discourse markers in Critiques. Complete the following sentences.

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Task 5

Look at the Sketch Engine list of sentences dealing with the importance of roles in Critiques. Drag the phrases to make correct sentences.

Exercise

Task 6

Look at the Sketch Engine listing for "range", "deal" and "number" in Critiques. Pay attention to the typical adjectives before these words. Try the exercise.

Exercise

Task 7

Look at the Sketch Engine listing for "range", "deal" and "number" in Critiques. Pay attention to the typical adjectives before these words. Try this exercise from student writing. If you don't agree, try again to see what the students actually wrote.

Exercise

Comments

hi

re: use of 'and of thus'

The ultrasound scan shows there appears to have a new lesion and of thus I have arranged an urgent MRI scan of his liver.

Is it common or correct to say 'and of thus'? Googled it but no luck

thanks in advance

Hi Setrah,

I have never seen this before and I have doubts as to whether it is correct. I would say 'and therefore' or 'and so'. You could say 'and thus' (without 'of') also.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team