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Tone: Caustic vs. Acerbic vs. Satiric

I'm having some trouble determining which of these three tone words would best apply to the excerpt below, taken from Richard Seaver's letter in the Coca Cola Letters: "We note with sympathy your ...
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Word for making an implication with tone

Sometimes when people use the name of the person they're talking to in a statement it's used to dismiss the discussion at hand. For example, "Because the sky is blue, Alice" or "If you have two two's, ...
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How to be both polite and persuasive?

Context: I have to persuade the recipient to close the billing cycle by today and I have to be polite, since the recipient holds a very high position. I urge you to expedite the billing of ModuleXYZ ...
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When is it appropriate to say that a garment looks “flattering”

Recently, I've begun hearing the word "flattering" in apparently sincere compliments. In one scenario, a friend complimented someone on their new shirt by saying that it "looked very flattering." ...
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The Relationship Between Style Analysis, Tone, and Voice in Analyzing Writing

Today I was a substitute in a 9th grade AP Humanities class with lesson plans that asked me to present a PowerPoint, titled "Marigolds Style Analysis Structured Paragraph," that asked students to ...
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Is “I wish to” more peremptory than “I would like to”?

Would you say that "I wish" carries some sort of peremptory tone, or none at all? The difference being in the context of a presentation: "I wish to introduce an idea" vs. "I would like to ...
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What is the tone of this line?

I am preparing for an aptitude test and then I came to a question. I need to find the 'tone' of a line that is written below. John likes work, it fascinates him! He can sit and look at it for hours. ...
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Is the use of “long since” archaic?

As a non English speaker, I'm writing a profile in which I want to say something along the lines of: I've long since developed an interest for.... In context I feel it flows better than the (more ...
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Difference in tone between Regards, Best regards, Kind regards and Sincerely in emails [duplicate]

I often end my emails just with "Regards, FirstName". But I also often see "Best regards", "Kind regards" and "Sincerely". What is the difference in tone and meaning? Is one more formal than the ...
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What is a tone word to describe how someone may feel like they do not belong? [closed]

I have world literature homework, and i have to discuss a shift in tone. A character is feeling like she doesn't belong to any cultural group... help?
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Do I <verb> …?

Do I get all my packages? Do I get any food for supper? Do I have ....? Does this kind of sentence pattern starting with "Do I " when said as expressions for querying information sound more ...
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Extending a sentence with a semicolon

Which version is better, grammatically? How can I improve this? Is the grammar legal? I want to extend the end of a sentence, like so- "Life means I have a choice at every turn; every moment." "Life ...
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Connotations: “sanguine” vs “sanguinary”

I broadened this question after encountering sanguinary. 1. sanguine: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation: 2. sanguinary {archaic}: involving ...
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Is asking “come again?” to a complete stranger over the phone rude?

My Irish colleague told me that when talking to a customer over the phone asking:"come again?" is considered rude and even offensive since it is very informal and almost demanding. Now I did not ...
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How can I improve this introduction? [closed]

Hi, I'm bernk. I'm here to make interacting with digital products a positive experience for us all. Why are you here? More importantly, does it read positive or negative to you?
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Meaning and tone of “Offhand I do not know…”

Two days ago I sent a mail to a university I am interested in, asking for the ratio of Early-Decision–accepted students to Regular-Decision–accepted ones. I received this answer part of larger mail. ...
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Does the word “former” as in “former employee” shed negative light on the subject?

Does writing, Former technologist at Foobar, Inc. and Hello, World Ltd. have a deprecating tone to it? Say, as opposed to, Previously a technologist at Foobar, Inc. and Hello, World Ltd. ...
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Connotation of “to expatiate”

Only the online Cambridge dictionary marks the verb “to expatiate” as ‘formal disapproving’. Nowhere else could I find the reference to a ‘disapproving’ connotation, although all the online ...
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What does it mean when too much formality can appear menacing?

What does it mean when too much formality can appear menacing? Consider the responses when one asks for a lemon: "Do you have any lemons in your fridge?" "No, sorry" "Nah" "No, I don't think ...
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Does “renege” have any racial overtones, or is it otherwise offensive?

I used the word "renege" in a meeting the other day (something like, "the vendor decided to renege on their offer of shipping replacement SAN disks"), and got a few wide eyes. My supervisor sat me ...
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Does using an adverb three times almost always imply the opposite?

Dana is very, very, very nice. A real housewife of Beverly Hills It seems that almost exclusively, the reiteration of a such a clarifier - very in this case - ends up actually meaning the ...
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What is the difference between “inflection” and “intonation”?

And which is utilized when turning this... The monkey is fat. ...into a question: The monkey is fat?
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What is the difference between “we” and “one”?

After a bit of back-and-forth looking over nosisms and the use of "one", I wonder at what purpose is truly served in choosing one over another. For example: What one finds, in the end, is peace. ...
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Are these phrases too posh-sounding for conversational English?

I'm German, and I try to speak British English as best I can, it's the language I've learned at school, and I'm always trying to be consistent. However, much of my English vocabulary and phrasing I ...
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The ambitious/arrogant tone of “I”

I don't understand why but I feel arrogant or ambitious when I use a simple sentence in active voice using "I" especially while I was writing my college essay or curriculum vitae e.g. "I managed a ...