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Elio Schaechter

Maureen points to the difficulties that English dominance poses for non-native English scientists. Although I am one of them, I cannot entirely speak from experience, having lived in the US for six decades and having acquired, I hope, some proficiency in the language. But I am entirely sympathetic to this plight and respect and applaud the suggestions made in the article cited (to figure out ways of helping non-native English speaking scientists write their papers).

My point, however, was tangential to this concern. I maintained that scientific writing, at least within the confines of my interests and exposure, has improved in recent years. I believe that such usage (to the extent that it's true) is reflected in greater simplicity. Might this not benefit those struggling with the language? Or, is scientific English like Mozart's music, relatively straightforward but unforgiving of mistakes?

Anybody else?

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