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The APA Style manual encourages writers to “be deliberate in your word choices, making certain that every word means exactly what you intend” (American Psychological Association [APA], 2020, p. 113). Often, words will have more than one meaning, and when the specific meaning you have in mind is not clear from the words you choose throughout sentences, your writing may become difficult to understand. When in doubt, “choose words and phrases carefully, and specify the intended meaning if there is potential for ambiguity” (APA, 2020, p. 114).
When deciding what words to use, ask yourself the following questions:
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000