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    Do you write your essay in the first person, it may sound ridiculous but I find myself going in and out of different tenses and I think it would be more appropriate to just stick to one to get the highest grade, what one should I use. I think it's third but I'm not sure.

    The essay title is "critically discuss"

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    (Original post by lizmoo0721)
    Do you write your essay in the first person, it may sound ridiculous but I find myself going in and out of different tenses and I think it would be more appropriate to just stick to one to get the highest grade, what one should I use. I think it's third but I'm not sure.

    The essay title is "critically discuss"

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    When you say 'tense', do you mean 'person'? You're right that usually academic essays are in the third person - it's often discouraged to write in the first person, i.e. 'I think'.
    As for tense, that will depend on the type of essay - history essays are usually in the past tense, for instance.
    Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by lizmoo0721)
    Do you write your essay in the first person, it may sound ridiculous but I find myself going in and out of different tenses and I think it would be more appropriate to just stick to one to get the highest grade, what one should I use. I think it's third but I'm not sure.

    The essay title is "critically discuss"

    Thanks
    I think you're talking about 'grammatical person/narrative' rather than tense? (Tense is past/present/future).

    I would avoid using first person and instead stick to using the passive voice, but this really isn't a hard and fast rule. I'd avoid phrases like "I think x because y" and use phrases like "there is strong evidence to support x such as [evidence, evidence, evidence]" because the latter sounds more informed/academic.

    Remember you're being critical, the marker wants to see that you can interpret an analyse the subject. They're not really interested in your personal opinions, they want you to make a strong argument based on wide reading and evidence.

    Do you have any examples about what you mean when you're switching between voices?
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    (Original post by gutenberg)
    As for tense, that will depend on the type of essay - history essays are usually in the past tense, for instance.
    Hope that helps!
    Not if you're making your analysis through discussing current academic research/journals. :hide:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Not if you're making your analysis through discussing current academic research/journals. :hide:
    If you're discussing historiography then you could use the present tense, though with things that are a bit older past tense also works
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    like everyone else says id stick to third person, Studies were conducted on.... Several examples show.... Evidence of this can be seen in an experiment conducted by... where x happened and results were x.

    when asked to give a critical bias (not an opinion) in a piece of writing try to phrase it in third person too, I like to list the pros and cons of each theory and then say something like: however aggressive spillover hypothesis demonstrates a higher likelihood due to X studies which showed a positive correlation/reaction when observing the behaviour of X animal therefore it is likely the closest able to explain X reason and benefits of X behaviour in animals. Don't use I think X because X because that's your opinion and isn't based on facts
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    third person i.e. J. Doe et all (2009) argue that.... however

    I don't think it matters too much whether you put argue or argued, although I personally prefer using the present tense and have always got good grades, but keep it consistent
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    Lol I angst a bit about what tense to use. Feels a bit weird saying 'Freud argues' or whatever when he's long dead, even though I know that many academics would consider that to be an appropriate use of tense
 
 
 
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