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

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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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“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 ...
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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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Should “from” always be paired with “to” in descriptions of time ranges?

Back in school I was taught that "from" should always be paired with "to" to indicate time ranges, as in Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901. But now, I frequently see a dash used instead ...
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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 ...