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

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Past Perfect vs Past Simple

The following quotation is from Greg Egan's novel Permutation City: The terrace house, one hundred and forty years old, was shaped like a cereal box. It had originally been part of a row of eight; ...
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Is there a semantic difference in two repeated sentences quoted from a book?

This is a quote from "Clean Code"--a quite renowned book by Robert C. Martin: The Total Cost of Owning a Mess If you have been a programmer for more than two or three years, you have probably ...
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How to write ATS resume? [closed]

Someone know how to write ATS resume ? Can you give my advice how to do this. How does an ATS work? How to write resume in an ATS-friendly? Need I use Keywords? (and what keywords) ?
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Capitalization in military writing

The editor for a book I'm writing tells me that Delta Company should be written Delta company within the text of the story. Examples: (1) "The only thing the old man told me was get on that helicopter ...
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'Be you' and 'whether you are'

Be he black, white, red, yellow or brown, no man shall be denied his basic freedoms! This sentence uses 'be' in the subjunctive. Can the following sentence also be made: Be you/one (a) black, ...
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thermocompression bond [closed]

I want to use a verb for "perform thermocompression bonding." I have used "thermocompression bond" with/without a hyphen in the past as in "The component is typically thermocompression-bonded to the ...
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Definite article

I noticed that in titles "the" is often omitted. For example: "Structure of something", not "The structure of something". I wonder if in my title: "Oogenesis in amphibians: (the?) structure of the ...
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Analysis of the stylistic impact of grammar choices

Here are three different sentences that at least theoretically mean the same thing. "The round white pebbles lay in the sun." adjectives/subject/intransitive verb/adverb PP (Or is it adjectives/...
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Me, myself or I in non-I clause

MS Word is underlining the word myself and I am now wondering if I should be using me instead, seeing as the subject is not I. Which one is correct? Are both possible? At this point, putting as ...
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Punctuation in a Figure Caption (Abbreviation List)

I have question regarding punctuation in a caption of a figure. Lets say, for example, I have a figure that depicts a certain schematic. In the caption of the figure I want to list all the ...
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Would the sentence above be an example of an author making stylistic error on purpose?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, ...
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Tweets ending with a sentence fragment. What happened? [closed]

I've been active on twitter for many years, but recently something strange has been happening, and I don't mean suspicious, but something I can't explain, you see, people have been writing tweets and ...
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Avoiding fluff-words for better style

My question is only aimed at written English, and my only guidance is that using less words is generally better [source: 6th grade English teacher]. Hence: The system is responsible to define ...
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What is a better equivalent of this sentence?

The sentence goes so: I sit in my room, in a house that belongs to me alone. The goal of the sentence is to say that the speaker is in a house that belongs to him only and to no one else. The ...
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Avoiding repetition

The original sentence is : Here the plus and minus signs refer to the potential with lower right well and to the potential with lower left well, respectively. How should I avoid repeating the ...
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Periods and Colons

Which is the proper way to list information: SKE No. 1450 OR SKE No.: 1450 I am using this in the subject of Reports that look like this: RE: Jones v. Smith April 14, 2015 SKE No. 1450 ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Is the term writing still acceptable in the digital world?

I find it awkward to say, "I'm typing this in the passenger seat while my husband is driving". Would it sound better if I said, "I am writing this"? Technically, I'm not writing it, nor am I typing ...
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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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Using 'in charge' as a noun?

I have seen this similar question here, but my particular case seems to differ still. I wish to use the word or phrase in charge as a noun, not as a verb. So for example, I have this usage scenario: ...
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Alternative to “Hear” With Written Communication

In person a person may say something like the following: I would really like to hear what you have to say about X. On a forum (or other forms of written communication), I often see similar ideas ...
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Why 'Hunterian' rather than 'Hunter' in the museum at Glasgow University?

On a recent visit to Glasgow, I found myself wondering why the Hunterian Museum (rather than Hunter Museum) and why Andersonian Library (rather than Anderson Library): why this stylistic preference?
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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) ...
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Why does “north” come before “south”, and “black” before “white”? [duplicate]

This website is common in both north and south America. Or is this better? This website is common in both south and north America. Let's ask Google: "in north and south": 26,800,00 hits "in ...
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Start of sentence comma after: “Lately” [duplicate]

Lately, I've been struggling to decide whether or not it's best to put a comma after the word lately when using it to begin a sentence. A similar case would be starting a sentence with the word ...
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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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Em dash and quotes

While I toss up between the em dash and the en dash, I am consistent throughout one document. However, one thing I have noticed when using the em dash is that when I write something like: Firstly, ...
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Is it correct to use elipses in a formal essay? [closed]

I'm writing an essay and I want to write: These things all prove that Hitler was not a man of his word … So should England have trusted him? and then continue with my next points. Is this ...
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How to emphasize one word more than another at the end of a sentence

Which of the following sentences emphasizes the word "crispy" more than "red"? This paper studies apples with a crispy and red exterior. This paper studies apples with a red and crispy ...
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“among them N, N, N”

I often see sentence structures like "..., among them N, N, and N." His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles ...
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Using similar meaning verbs in paralel sentences

Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third arrived on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third came on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday and a third on Wednesday. ...
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Future-In-The-Past Form of 'Should [subject]…, or should [subject]…?'-Type Sentences?

     Consider a present-tense sentence in which a story's narrator expresses a situation in which the character in focus is considering which of two alternative choices he or ...
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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Style clarification for date superscripts, th, st and nd

I wanted to know, while writing dates such as 1st April or 2nd March; do we need to superscript the st and the nd as 1st April and 2nd March, or is it ok to write them without the superscript ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Capitalizing Stages of Diseases

I was wondering: some diseases have stages with specific names, as opposed to "Stage I", "Stage II", etc. Should I capitalize the names of the stages or leave them in lowercase? I'm asking in respect ...
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Possibly convoluted sentence, but is it correct? [closed]

I saw this sentence in an email — is it actually correct? In light of the time and effort you have spent and may otherwise continue to spend on dealing with their repeated requests for assistance, ...
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Position of question mark after a quotation (that is not itself a question) and a citation [duplicate]

In British English, where should one place the question mark in the following sentence? Was it true that "the food was all gone" (Bloggs, 2013, p. 287) Inside the quotation marks, after them, or ...
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Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with “Which” (in academic style)? [closed]

What references, or your specific expertise tell about the permissibility of passages like: "We shall assume that 2x2=5. Which, of course, is not quite correct, but..."
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“Puff words”: What is a good definition or explanation for this term by David Foster Wallace?

The late David Foster Wallace at least once used the term “puff words” to describe, I assume, the type of words in the list below that are not in parentheses. What exactly did Wallace mean by “puff ...
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Most proper verb form to use in a list of requirements

What is the most proper verb form to use in a list of requirements? Each board member must meet the following requirements: [not have/not having/do not have/does not have] any blood ...
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Term for letters that appear as multiple different letters

Is there a name for a letter or word that appears as multiple different letters/words. The best way I know of to explain what I am looking for is the comical true/false word ambiguity displayed below. ...
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Name of writing style which avoids both first/second/third person

What is the name of the style of writing, often seen in technical manuals and documentation, which avoids using the first, second or third person. For example, if I were writing a manual on making a ...
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Do all paragraphs have to be narrtive in narrative essays? [closed]

In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative? For example, the introduction, the body and the concluding paragraphs are all narrative paragraphs. What if I started the ...
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Different writing styles - Using the word 'as' too much [closed]

I am using the word 'as' too much. The gate swung open as it was moved by the wind. He said as he looked away She put her hand on his leg as she peered deep into his eyes. I also use this ...
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Hyphens in “nationally top ranked” [duplicate]

In order to combine "nationally" and "top-ranked" would the resulting qualifier be written as "nationally-top-ranked" or "nationally top-ranked"? Edit: I do not immediately see the applicability of ...
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second or third person: addressing a single person in an email to a group [closed]

How do I address a single person in an email sent to a group? We are discussing a project in an email thread that has multiple members. What is the correct way to address a single sentence to only ...
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Number Abbreviated as “No.” followed by a Colon

As I understand it, the preferred abbreviation for Number is "No." If we want to then follow that abbreviation with a colon, like in a form for instance, what does style dictate we do? Is it: "No.:...
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Redneck/hillbilly language [closed]

I'm working on a comic strip with a lot of drawings and just several phrases, but they should fit perfectly and be grammatically correct. And since I'm not a native English speaker, I have to consult ...