2.6 Learning to recognise and use noun groups
Perhaps the most effective way to learn how to use noun groups is by noticing them in your readings and then trying to express yourself in the same way when writing formal texts.
University students meet noun groups in their textbooks. Very often these noun groups are technical terms that students need to learn and reuse in their assignments. The example below, again taken from the Open University course S104 Exploring science, uses the technical terms ‘total rate of energy gain’, ‘total rate of energy loss’ and ‘Earth’s surface’.
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