Avoid asking questions of the reader in your paper. This technique has gone out of fashion and is seldom seen. Instead you are expected to make statements that give readers information. It is considered a bit autocratic and controlling to ask questions of people who are not there to answer.

Check your spreadsheets and photocopied articles. Perhaps you will be able to find an article in which a question is posed to the reader. However, these are rare and the most you will ever find in an international journal is one per article. So, discipline yourself to make careful statements instead and save your questions for times when you address a live audience that has, at least the possibility, of answering.

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