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This is a critique paper written on the introduction of the article “Gambling among older adults in Singapore: some preliminary empirical findings” by Vincent C. K. Ng, printed in Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development (2011), 21 (1), pages 18 – 21. The article is about a research study conducted to collect empirical data about gambling habits in older adults (aged 60 and above) in Singapore. The introduction of said article was evaluated thoroughly in its organisation and its language and style. Overall, it showed distinct creditable writing qualities while there is a slight neglect in developing the writer’s voice.

For readers who prefer a clear breakdown of information in a research article, they would enjoy reading this article. The Introduction was explored in a smooth and gradual progress, starting from a wide scope reference of gambling in Singapore context, to the definitions of key terms associated to topic, and finally concentrating the issue on gambling in older adults in Singapore in the third segment of Introduction. There are succinct headings on each segment of information, such as “Purpose of Study” (Ng, 2011, p. 20) found in the last segment of Introduction. Segmenting content with concise headings throughout the article is a favourable point as it allows ease of reference for readers looking for specific data.

Additionally, each segment was appropriately elaborated with information. As demonstrated in the opening segment of Introduction, Ng (2011) had clearly stated his topic sentence and only talked about the gambling situation and activities in Singapore, creating a generic background for his article. This consistent manner of organising content in bite-sized all through the article reduces overloading of information yet simultaneously equipped readers with sufficient knowledge to interpret data in later part of article.

Next, the language and writing style was adequate for the audience of the published journal. Syntax...
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