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  1. Convention: R^n is always assumed to carry the Euclidean topology, unless stated otherwise.
  2. Convention: R^n is always assumed to carry the Euclidean topology, unless otherwise stated.

Which sentence is (more) correct?

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The first one sounds nicer to me, so I'm rooting for 1. –  Leon Aug 6 '11 at 21:48
    
I prefer to 1st one. Actually I have never seen an example of second one. We know otherwise can be used as a sentence adverb. It obviously can be placed in the end of a sentence. So the second one is correct as well. –  Jiancheng Zou Mar 14 '13 at 1:27

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Both are all right, but from the following Google Ngram the phrase unless otherwise stated is preferred overall:

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You could, however, just choose to use whichever sounds more natural. Although one is more used, if you are writing and want to use a phrase, use it if it matches your narrative voice. Both are okay because, in English, the adverb can go before or after the verb. The exact placement varies by sentence.

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thank you very much. Hmm, never heard of Google Ngram, very interesting. Umm, what does "smoothing" in the program mean? –  Leon Aug 6 '11 at 21:50
    
(Please use the @ tag so I know you've left a comment) The "smoothing" in Google Ngrams is a statistical analysis tool. You can read about it here. –  simchona Aug 6 '11 at 21:58
    
Will use @. As for voting, I can't at the moment, cause I have only 1 point. And to accept an answer, I have to wait 15mins... Thanks anyway –  Leon Aug 6 '11 at 21:59

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