Scientific Language

In the Methods section, you should use language which keeps the focus on the things you used in your experiment and what you did with them. This means you need to be careful about what to put in Theme or beginning position in your sentences (for more on Theme, see (Introduction). Don't put yourself in the Theme; put your materials or equipment.

In general, you should write your Methods using the PAST TENSE of the verb because you are describing the things you used in the laboratory and what you did with them.

Traditionally, researchers do not write about themselves in their report, rather they focus on the things they used (materials and equipment) and what they did to these (procedure). When you write in this way, you need to use the PASSIVE structure or voice of the verb rather than the active structure or voice.

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