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

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Restricted Use of However

The word however is normally used more or less synonymously with but. The origin of which usage, I assume, are phrases like ‘howsoever that may be’. My quæstion is this: does anyone of you keep this ...
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Ciceronian Style in Litterature [on hold]

What are good or the best examples from English litterature of Ciceronian or periodic style?
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Why are figures 1-9 written as numbers, but after 9 written in alphabet form? [duplicate]

I have tried to research this .. could anyone answer why figures 1-9 are written as digits/numbers and then from 9 onwards they are typed in alphabetical form?
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Title Case: should I capitalize word 'From' if it appears on the first word of the second line?

I know 'from' shouldn't normally be capitalized (there are numerous articles on Title Case rules here, and here) but I seem to remember the English teacher taught us to capitalize the first word of ...
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How should proper nouns using stylized case (e.g.: ownCloud) be treated in formal writing? [duplicate]

Many companies are now using stylized case for their names. When writing formal documents, how should these names be written? Assuming that the case they've chosen should be honored, how should they ...
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Do any style guides recommend an apostrophe at the end for double possessors? (John and Jacks' house)

I am aware that one universally accepted style is to put an apostrophe-s at the end of the second possessor's name. Example: Amy and Steve's car My question is not whether that is the common rule; ...
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Sentence doesn't “feel” right, but is it really incorrect?

A friend of mine wrote this sentence: 'The material consists of crumbly blocks, but they are still sturdy enough to not fall apart during bumpy transport.' To me this grates a bit. Even though the ...
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Present perfect for someone who passed away

One of my email activities to help students practice writing a condolence letter is about a boss whose wife, Edna, passed away recently. One of the supplied details is that you knew her for 5 years. ...
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How to manage all aspects of cohesion well?

What are some usefull tips to manage all aspects of cohesion?. As a non native English speaker, I would like to learn to use cohesive devices effectively avoiding cohesion between sentences may be ...
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Is it bad style to use homographs near each other?

I came across this text in an article and I thought something about it interrupted my reading flow: "They've also shown an inability to close when they get close,..." The context is about particular ...
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Too many “and”s? [closed]

We’re available 24x7 and always on standby and ready to answer calls. Are there too many "and"s in the previous sentence? Would this be better: We’re available 24x7 and always on standby, ...
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Are there specific situations where one spelling variant is recommended over another?

I am not a native speaker of English so I get confused when writing since there are sometimes two different spellings of words in English — by which I mean an American spelling and a British spelling. ...
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Essay Writing Introduction Paragraph [migrated]

How do I write an introduction paragraph when it comes to writing a simple essay for those who have no idea what to write about and I don't have a creative mind? Please explain to me step by step.
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Bold type and commas

This is a bold statement, but this is normal. The first clause is written in bold. Should the comma be bold or not?
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When should a colon be used in the title of a manuscript?

I’m sure you have seen several papers with a colon in its title, e.g., this example I just made up: Traffic control in a network: a new method towards X. I’m wondering if this way of titling is ...
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Fictional writing: Beginning sentences with a verb

Would the structure of the following text be linguistically correct in a fictional write-up: Her beauty arises to action. Pierces my camera lens. Stabs the prism. Please take note of the latter ...
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How to properly reference a section in a standard document?

The C Programming Language is standardized in ISO 9899, the most recent version of that standard being ISO 9899:2011. A draft of that standard is available for free under the title N1570. The standard ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Contents”

I'm a student and about to write my first scientific paper in English. I'm currently not sure how to name the "table of contents". The dictionary says that "Contents" is more popular, but I have seen ...
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Help with sentence syntax and style

A. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of what the profile looks like on their official website. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of the profile as ...
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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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Unsplitting infinitives and change of meaning

I've been watching Generative Syntax from the University of Edinburgh on youtube and in chapter 1.1 while describing prescriptivism Prof. Caroline Heycock talks about Splitting infinitives (and the ...
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This is right. Or that is right? [duplicate]

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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What is another way to say, the Animal Shelter is considered one of the best ran animal shelters in our nation [closed]

What is another way to say, the Animal Shelter is considered one of the best ran animal shelters in our nation. I need a stronger sentence. My current sentence is; In a relatively short period of ...
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Adjective is adverb? What style it is? [duplicate]

What does the word perilous mean in You could taste it; a nervous tension that came perilous close to fear? It looks as if there should be perilously instead, meaning too (close). Are this ...
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“It was a truly amazing experience” vs “It was truly an amazing experience”

Is there much of a difference between these two sentences? It was a truly amazing experience. It was truly an amazing experience.
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The fine line between stilted and sloppy

I received a comment to one of my questions that I would like to elaborate on. Because the inversion of word order in the original makes it sound a little stilted The original question yielded ...
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Is it acceptable to use Latin abbreviations in formal academic writings? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to use Latin abbreviations such as "etc" and "e.g." in formal academic writings? Personally I think, they are. However, somewhere I read I should avoid them. Is it correct? In ...
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Is it weird to use “this” in past tense narrative?

Example: We talked on the phone for a while. In the end, we decided to hold Tom's funeral this weekend. So in this case this refers to the current weekend in that past tense story. However, ...
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Why did people sound differently when addressing the public in the early 1900s?

I notice that people used to speak not necessarily more clearly, or distinctly, but their voice had a certain 'choppiness' to it that you don't hear anymore... Unless the person doing the speaking is ...
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Sentence length in English writing in early 1900s vs. English writing now [closed]

I am reading a book called The Best American Essays of the Century. One thing I keep noticing is a lot of the sentences in this book are very long — 5 to 6 lines. I read a lot of articles on the web, ...
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Connective phrase between a negative and a positive result

Research papers in computer science often contain both positive and negative results. A positive result is, usually, an algorithm that solves a certain problem. A negative result is a proof that an ...
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words? [duplicate]

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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so angry / as angry as he is [duplicate]

In English class today, I wrote the following sentence: If Susan had told Tom the truth, he would not be so angry. It seems to me that "so angry" is not really the best way of saying it. Is "as ...
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Starting a chapter with ellipsis

Say there's a chapter with a title that ends in an ellipsis and then continued from there in the body text, like so: DON'T HURT ANIMALS... ...or kill them for that matter. Blah blah blah. In cases ...
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Is the term intellectual effrontery still in use? Does it sound clunky or stilted?

I've encountered the term while reading an article on philosophy. I was wondering if it sounds clunky?
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“The problem is that…”. Good or bad English?

I wrote a technical article in which I used (probably overused) constructions of the form "The main point is that...", "The problem is that...". As I am a native Italian speaker, these sentences have ...
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Right place for 'within [time]'

I have doubts on placing “within [time]” in the following structure. What would be its best possible place? Within three months Def Jam changed its mind and cancelled the contract. Def Jam ...
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What is the meaning of -o-rama [duplicate]

I see so many -o-rama names. Like stuff-o-rama, tease-o-rama etc etc. What is the meaning of -o-rama? I saw the answers in ...
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What is 'MSTRKRFT' kind of stylistic notation?

Sometimes you see in popular culture the stylistic notation of removing the vowels. For example the electronic music duo MSTRKRFT; or an instagram tag bhnhfsvrtl (German ''Bahnhofsviertel'' for ''area ...
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Chicago Manual of Style: Citations for photos downloaded from Flickr

I have "Photo Credits" section in my book containing a list of all image citations in the Chicago style, much like a bibliography. CMOS (Chicago manual of Style) 16th edition doesn't say anything ...
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proper way of attributing a writer's note within a quote [duplicate]

In journalistic writing, if I need to attach some necessary background information within a quote, what's the proper way to do it? I want to indicate that the information is something that I've ...
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On using 'in' and 'of'

In the following sentence, what is most appropriate: in 1977 or of 1977? For Oprah, April Fools' Day in 1977 wasn't funny at all.
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M-dash and emphasize

I love to emphasize. Here I'm emphasizing "determination." Is it the right way to do it? "If one word can sum up his career, it is determination—determination to fight back and do the impossible."
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Should there be a space before and after an ampersand when writing numerals?

How should one write "one and two" in short form - 1&2 or 1 & 2? Are there any particular rules regarding this? In context: You may choose to do Information Technology Units [1&2/1 ...
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Content similar to “A Law of Acceleration” [closed]

I recently read an essay called "A Law of Acceleration", by Henry Adams. In my personal opinion the author's writing style is over-complicated. I had to read the essay three times to make sense of it. ...
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Emphasizing part of a word

Couldn't find much on this particular stylistic method, but I was wondering: how would one emphasize only part of a word in an informal novel-like case? "It wasn't new in any way—just newer." ...
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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 ...