Questions relating to proper style or a specific instance of style in English.

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How common it is to emphasize a sentence by adding periods between words?

I am thinking about this style of writing: We. Do. Not. Negotiate! First of all, how would you call that? I have difficulties finding references about it, even though it seems to me that this is ...
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Is `bonny' neutral register?

Dictionary definitions of `bonny' admit to chiefly British (or even Scots), but give no further hint of the possible tinges of this word. Bonny (adj.) means attractive, fair; fine, excellent [M-W]. ...
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Introducing an alias in technical literature

In technical literature (namely, a requirements document), what is an appropriate way of introducing an alias which is used from there on; instead of the full, completely-defined term? I'm looking ...
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How is the style and grammar of this prose? [on hold]

There is no best form of government. No system of government or form of constitution can prevent corruption and nepotism. There will always be loopholes and grey areas from which corruption ...
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Quotation marks and italics in same sentence

I have a piece of writing about an orchestra, a choir and a conductor. In the piece are numerous Italian words. There is one sentence that reads: Singing fortissimo for a "Dies Irae" was ...
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Subject/Verb Repetition [closed]

Would you rather say 1) or 2)? 1) It is rare in childhood and is usually mistaken as other developmental problem 2) It is rare in childhood and it is usaully mistaken as other developmental problem ...
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Pagination: Reference to page numbered in format of This Page Number/Total Number of Pages [closed]

What is the standard way to refer to a page numbered in a format like This Page Number/Total Number of Pages? For example, the top of the page I want to refer to shows “312/1250” Which of the ...
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Scientific writing: how to say a factor two-three improvement

For a thesis, thus scientific writing, I want to say something similar to: "There is a factor 2-3x improvement." What is the correct formal writing style for this? I should not use numbers, I know, ...
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Should I capitalise the first letter when a sentence starts with a number?

When starting a sentence with a number, should the first letter be capitalised? For example, 96% Real meat. or 96% real meat.
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Capitalize all letters in a title/heading

I'm creating a resume and am therefore looking at various sample resumes. In some of them, the heading of each section has all letters in uppercase, e.g. "EDUCATION" or "EXPERIENCE". I also remember ...
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Should I use “the” in a list of multiple subjects? [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? The assets of the thesis are the parser library, tag library and external database, which can be used in other applications. or The assets of the thesis ...
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Overuse of “however” in my scientific writing? [closed]

In scientific writing, I always feel the need to logically connect all my sentences to have a clear logical path between beginning and end of a paragraph, else it is just feels like a list of random ...
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Should the footnote be capitalized? [closed]

If we refer a textual content in a footnote, should it be capitalized or not? Here is an example: The proposed method is only working well with homogeneous space and it fails if the space is ...
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What is wrong with “to lie at the basis of”

Is there anything particular unstylish about the phrase "X lies at the basis of Y"? In this thread, some users qualify this phrase as "clumsy", without saying why. What would be the reason? (I do not ...
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Is this an acceptable way of claiming emphasis?

I proposed this edit to a Stack Exchange answer. Because there were three rather lengthy block quotes, I thought bolding the most relevant sentences would be helpful to readers, especially if they ...
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In the phrase 'Answer True or False:' should 'True' and 'False' be capitalized?

Answer True or False: Answer true or false: Answer Yes or No: Answer yes or no: Should I capitalize these words or not? Thank you for your help.
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Should I use quotation marks?

My question is regarding the correct use of quotation marks in this sentence: The rules of 'asking a question' and 'talking' have been mixed up. Arrange them in the correct order again. Should ...
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How do you denote written slang?

I want to use a slang term to make a sentence rhyme, but I want it known that I know how to spell it correctly. For example: Tennessee is where I wanna be.
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Is it correct/idiomatic to omit “once” in some cases?

Example: Once again, I traveled three hours just to sit alone. Again, I traveled three hours just to sit alone. We decided to go to the balcony. Once there, we leaned on the ...
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“What this thing was” vs “what was this thing” [duplicate]

Example: What this new plan was I had no idea. What was this new plan I had no idea. What's the difference between the two? Is one more common than the others?
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“Having shared, in its presence…” vs “having, in its presence, shared…”

The ocean. I was glad to have finally seen it. And even more glad of having shared--in its presence--my most intimate thoughts with Clara. The ocean. I was glad to have finally seen it. And ...
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“Realizing that, despite…” vs “realizing despite…that.”

What's the correct form? Example: I smiled, realizing that, despite her craziness, I missed her. I smiled, realizing, despite her craziness, that I missed her. Is there any ...
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“He was drinking coffee and left the cafe . . .” Why does this sound wrong?

I'm trying to find mistakes in this sentence and even the corrected versions do not sound grammatically correct. Original sentence: He was drinking coffee and left the café to catch his bus. ...
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Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction [duplicate]

My high school English teacher taught us to never start a sentence with conjunctions, but throughout the years I have seen a lot of such usage in academic writings and novels. I have also read various ...
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How to put question mark after a quotation mark (in Chicago or MLA style)? [closed]

For example, if I want to ask a question that says: Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow" should I punctuate it as Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow?" or Where is, "You know ...
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What is an alternative way to say “Note that” in academic writing? [closed]

In my academic writing, when I want to connect the context and emphasize something, I almost always use a sentence structure like this: Note that... An example in an academic paper is given ...
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A question on 'full' Vs 'fully', both as 'adverbs'

In order to modify an adjective or adverb, we use an adverb in English, as in "completely insane" or "It went completely out of hand". Now 'full', though mainly used as an adjective, occurs in English ...
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What's an alternative for “hidden gem”?

Hidden gems is an idiom which means something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about; for example, Blame It on Rio by Stanley Donen is a good movie, but relatively unknown ...
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Are adverbs frowned upon in proper English (academic writing)?

I understand that "proper English" is vague, but what I mean is, are adverbs to be avoided in scholarly writing? For example, let's say that I am wanting to publish an article in scholarly magazine ...
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How to annotate table bullets in Chicago Style? [closed]

I have a table with a summary of information on various products with their pros and cons. I'm using Chicago style annotation with numbered superscript indicating which reference it pertains to. Do I ...
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Could anybody scan through my cover letter? [closed]

English is not my native language, so I could write some not idiomatic expressions which are hard to detect for me. I am writing to apply for the position of summer intern at the Boston Group. I have ...
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In search for universal formal greetings [closed]

I am dealing with a system which is supposed to autoreply to certain emails. It cannot start with 'Dear (forename)' as it cannot parse a forename from email address or original email. It also cannot ...
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What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?

In technical papers I often see text like this. Finally, the goal is to determine x. The three ways of achieving this are the following: The blue method involves tying your shoelaces. The pink ...
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Need a single word for - Opportunity and Opportunities [duplicate]

I need a single word to represent both singular and plural form of the word "Opportunity". Usually we represent such words in the following fashion: Bottle(s). But I don't think Opportunity(s) would ...
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Arabic numerals vs their corresponding English words in scientific research paper [duplicate]

This question is different from Why do English writers avoid explicit numerals?, as it is about the usage in a physics research paper. Basically, I am not sure when to use Arabic numerals and when to ...
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Indulge/Kill/Satisfy my curiosity

I have few questions for my customer and I want to say him that it is just my curiosity. What is the right sentence which I can use to deal with my customers so that they won't find it funny or ...
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What's the capitalization rule for tabulated entries? [closed]

Do I have to capitalize each cell in a table, or only be consistent throughout the table?
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Should I capitalize the middle of a sentence broken up by long examples? [duplicate]

In the context of a technical manual, I need to write instructions guiding users through several standard manipulations. When providing examples of these manipulations, I have written a short sentence ...
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What is the “theoretical” counterpart to “hands-on”?

Situation: an educational event may have two parts. In the first theoretical part, we explain the approach, big picture, some theoretical principles. In the second practical part, we give the ...
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A question on the use of 'since'.

'Since' means throughout the period from a specified point in past time to the present. Can I use it to mean 'throughout the period from a specified point in past time to a specific point also in the ...
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Is it grammatically correct to combine 2 phrases into 1 sentence?

Is this sentence acceptable or correct "You're welcome, have a nice day ahead." ?
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Whats wrong in using the words Whilst and Due to?

I remember reading in an English style guide (The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers) that the words whilst and due to were quite redundant and not to be used. The author did not seem to like them as ...
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Punctuation with US measurements

Should a period be used with a measurement that is a compound term, e.g., ft-lb?
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Does it make sense to end email with: regards from *country*

I have seen many people say: Greetings from [country name here] But would it make sense to end an email with Regards from [country name here] It seems a little weird, specially if I also ...
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Avoiding stuffy language: “Therefore”, “Thus”

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So" ...
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Using quotes when not directly quoting

When writing, for example, “The answer to this question has to be ‘yes’.” However, here quotes are used for the first part of the sentence, thus making “yes” surrounded by double quotes (if ...
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Question on “the fabric of X” in sentences

I see a lot of sentences with "the fabric of X" in them. For example, "The veteran feels trusted, respected and understood -- re-integrated into the fabric of his or her homeland." "Half a century ...
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“Fig. x depicts” vs. “As depicted in Fig. x” in scientific publications

My boss doesn't like it, if I use phrases like "Fig. x depicts" or "Fig. x shows" in scientific publications and wants me to use passive form instead. However, I didn't find any reference that the use ...
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Pronoun usage: that vs one

I've encountered a sentence on English Wiktionary: The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004 Can I use one instead of that in the sentence? And that one? And, basically, what is the ...