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Can you use “(sic)” in other contexts?

In Polish you can use sic to indicate not only erroneous spelling (uncorrected for editorial reasons), but also to note that the sentence should be as it is when it comes to its meaning (e.g. "The ...
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What is the opposite word to “indent”—“outdent” or “unindent”?

I'm looking for the opposite word to "indent." Is it "outdent", or is it "unindent"? Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor ...
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Should I fix typos/grammatical errors in quotation?

When writing papers, I meet typos/grammatical errors in quotations now and then. Should I correct them, or leave them as they are?
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When to use “just”

The word just is one of those overused words that carries little meaning and appears to just clutter up a sentence (oops, did it again). When is the use of just justified? What are better, clearer ...
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Cleaning up / formatting verbatim quotations

Frequently, I have situations where I am in need of the ability to quote an individual who has written something verbatim that has some type of grammatical error. Although I would like to write it ...
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How to indicate “Our remark”?

I have a sentence: Before the Greeks, the ancient Egyptians used it (Golden Section - remark is ours) in the construction of their great pyramids. In that sentence the words "Golden Section" was ...
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Quoting poor English in a news article? I don't often see “[sic]”

I don't stumble upon "[sic]" as I read newspapers. I think it's safe to assume that plenty of those who are quoted in articles have botched their grammar more often than not. Here's what I'm asking: ...
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Universe or universe?

When to use Universe or universe? I'm editing a document where it is " The Creator of the universe " . Is it correct? Thanks, Avadhut