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General Writing and Grammar Help/Consider as? Also Table and Figures


Greetings Mr. Leone,

Thank you for your time and help.

1) How is "considered as" used?  I'm confused about writing "as" in  sentences like the following:

-  The patients were considered (as) eligible.
-  Instead P-values are in blue for items that can be considered (as) specific for that disease.

2) Is this rule correct on how to write Tables and Figures in scientific writing within the text?

When referring to a Figure in the text, the word "Figure" is abbreviated as "Fig.", while "Table" is not abbreviated. Both words are spelled out completely in descriptive legends.

You've  give me valuable help me in the past. Thank you.



1. I don't see any grammatical reason for considered as since considered does the job. I would eliminate "as" in both sentences.

2. This is a bit out of my area of expertise, but I know that figure is fig. and table is one syllable so there is no need to abbreviate. Finally, I honestly know nothing about descriptive legends.

Jerry Leone  

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Jerry Leone


I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.


I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

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