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Using Writing for University Courses for the first time (text-only version of pyramid diagram)

Use of Words (top layer of pyramid)
The words you use must be appropriate for your topic, your purpose, the situation (e.g. academic work) and the reader.

Punctuation (middle layer of pyramid)
Punctuation marks have commonly accepted uses. If you use them incorrectly others may not understand you.

Main Rules of Written English (bottom layer of pyramid)
Every language has a set of rules. If you do not use them correctly, others may not understand you.

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