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Is there any good site for essays, paragraphs, formal & informal letters? [migrated]

I need a good site where I can find collection of English compositions, paragraphs, applications, reports, letters etc. It would be very helpful if someone give me some links.
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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question [on hold]

Which is the best way to ask a question in a polite way; for example, I want to write an email to someone that doesn't know me, and to ask something... Is okay to say write this: Sorry to disturb ...
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Word for a male aged 20 through 25 [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a word that describes a male aged from 20 through 25. Man feels too adult like and Young Adult feels like a teenager. The type of word I'm looking for is someone not yet ...
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Where do I learn cursive?

To give you some background information before I jump right into this question: I am a 15 year old freshman in high school, and unfortunately I was never really taught cursive at any point in time... ...
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When do you link composite words with dashes? (compounds)

In German (my mother tongue) it is very common to combine several nouns into a new word by linking them together with dashes. After a word has been established in German, you even see it getting ...
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How to quote a quote with added words

The original text in the source is as follows: "there is a psychological need for... [a] sense-making narrative" (Rosen 2008: xix). I would like to quote this line in a paper I'm writing. Do I ...
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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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About writing: From an economical point of view or from an economic point of view? [duplicate]

Is it right to say in an opinion essay, from an economical point of view? (with the final "al" in the word economical?) Our English teacher claimed this to be wrong in class and that 70% of the ...
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How do you show someone is crying in dialogue?

How do you show someone is crying in dialogue? (as in, is there an onomatopoeia that can show crying well? I ask because "(insert dialogue)..sniffle..(insert dialogue)..snifle..", does show that the ...
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How can I rewrite the sentence more clear? [closed]

I have a sentence. I want to rewrite it is more clear. Could you help me to correct it? I am not family of English. Thank you in advance Explanation: I considered three methods: method A, B and C to ...
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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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Simple representation for “under the condition that”

I'm writing a academic paper, and would like to represent "under the condition that" more simply. In (very redundant) representation, what I'd like to say is: We determined the observation points ...
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Interogative question versus statement

How do I determine a statement versus a question in dialogue? I wrote this sentence:"Brad, you know the rules for leaving your cabin at night.” “How could I forget.” The charming camp owner told ...
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Should I say “few literature” or “little literature”? [closed]

I am currently writing an introduction section, which says "this is an important question but currently there is few (or little?) literature available". Which one should I use, few or little? Thank ...
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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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When and how to use numbers in writing [duplicate]

When writing is it correct to use numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,) or spell out the number (e.g. one,two,three)?
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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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Is it correct to write: “I versus my family” [closed]

Is it correct to write: "I versus my family"
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Synonym for “get affected by” in academic form?

I am writing a paper and I have some measurements and factors which change according to the change of some others. I have already used several times "A affects B". Therefore, I need to use a different ...
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What are standard ways for an editor to specify he is making a correction?

Suppose I am a reporter quoting someone, or an editor for someone's article. The original speaker/writer has made a mistake and I want to correct it in the edited version (while still being true to ...
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How to find a single word for a long description?

This has been a life long difficulty whenever essay or writing has to be improved. Are there any resources that can be used to locate a single word for a certain long description? I saw couple of ...
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Is valediction in one line at the end of offical letter acceptable?

Is valediction in one line at the end of offical letter acceptable? For example: Sincerely yours, John Snow
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Why do people write “Hellooo” instead of “Heeello” to show a prolonged sound? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, so I don't know what to search for on Google and similar. In chats I often read words like 'helloooo', or 'sureeee'. And as I understood it, it's meant to mimic the ...
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How may I write good English? [closed]

I am a senior professional from India. I studied most of my educational career in English medium. For professional reasons and personal fervor I want to write good English. I am looking for expert ...
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User tutorial: to be written in first or second person? [closed]

I'm writing a user tutorial but I'm unsure as to what perspective it should be written from e.g., first, second? The tutorial is a friendly guide showing how the user should do x. Example: ...
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Which one sounds better— 'cannibalism' or 'eating human flesh'? [closed]

I was going through a text about ancient civilization. There, I found a sentence which says, "Some ancient human being recognized even cannibalism." After reading that sentence, I started to think ...
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Alternate way of saying “The mass of the mass”?

I performed an experiment in which a mass was hung from a spring. I want to refer to the mass of the mass hung from said spring, but that leads to quite a few awkward sentences. I cannot refer to the ...
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A simple word for one who seeks adventure and tries to help, but hurts more than they help

I'm writing a novel following a naive young man who thinks that he can make his fortune going around helping people. When he visits a space station on the fringe of the galaxy, hoping to help people ...
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Is this grammatical? [closed]

Could you tell us what's your favorite Google Chrome extensions? , The ones that you are using regularly and the ones that are cool no matter how much you use it or how popular it is.
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Pronoun in English without specific referent

Writing academic essays in English can be a daunting task for the EFL writer (my native language is German), but for me a very specific problem gives me headaches and leaves me sitting with a smoking ...
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How to write an introductory sentence

I have received a letter with four separate questions that are numbered from 1 thru 4. Now, I am going to prepare a reply letter and intend to provide my answers to each of these questions. Would you ...
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Acronym within an acronym, academic writing

I'm preparing a manuscript for publication in a medical journal about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I understand that I have to define the acronym IBD once, when first used in the text ...
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SAT Writing Question

Upon considering the facts of the case; he quickly made a decision and sent the police. A. When he considered B. Considering C. Upon Considering D. When Considering Hello everyone, I ...
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Using “apostrophes” to show ownership of records in page? [duplicate]

I had a debate with my co-worker about using apostrophes to show ownership of records which belongs to a page. He told me not to use an apostrophe. This is the text in question : The Pagination in ...
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After introducing an acronym, how faithfully must I stick to its use?

My average scientific paper contains about a dozen of acronyms. Some of them are really helpful: for example, it much more pleasant to write fMRI instead of functional magnetic resonance imaging. ...
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Show Don't Tell = nervous [closed]

How would you use "Show Don't Tell" imagery to portray a person who is watching something (an encounter) that makes him nervous? All I can think of is: I could feel my body begin to sweat.
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“I have strived” vs “I have striven”

In a college application essay, I am trying to write the sentence along the lines of: I have always strived to achieve my goals. Should I say strived or striven? According to this article at ...
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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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Figure captions starting with “An example”

I've just observed that many of my captions start with "An example illustrating..." or "An example of..." or "A diagram of..." and so on: An example illustrating basic tree terminology. An ...
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What would an alternative sentence for percentage in writing?

What would be an alternative sentence or word for percentage in writing? For example, when referencing to a sentence, if the sentence has 50%, we can use words like half of the total amount or ...
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Why is “Yosemite” spelled that way?

Well I'm not a native English speaker, but sometimes I get the feeling that English words' pronunciation is random. Why is "Yosemite" is being pronounced as "Yoh-Sem-Ee-Tee" and written as "Yosemite" ...
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“Glad to hear” in non-speaking form

I'm from Russia and I've got a problem with writing a letter. Can I use the phrase "glad to hear such news" if I'm not speaking with a person? Isn't it better and more correct to use "glad to know"?
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Name for Method/Style of Writing

Is there a name for a style of writing where the author "speaks" to an imaginary reader in an imaginary conversation? Example When you write for web, you should keep your paragraphs short and ...
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Flags flying Souls [closed]

If I may hold your attention for the moment while I decode the seemingly cryptic title, I shall endeavour to make the question worth your while. I would like to know if I can use, both in speech and ...
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How to avoid two levels of parentheses when using abbreviations

In the paragraph below, technology-related terms like DSRC and LTE are mentioned for the first time in the text. So they have to be given in the long form. As a result, two levels of parentheses ...
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Transmit Power vs. Transmission Power, is there a difference [closed]

I was reading a scientific paper, and the authors sometimes use the term "transmit power" and sometimes "transmission power". Is there a difference in terms of correct English usage? Examples: ...
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How rude is “dude” in online writing?

In online writing, such as on StackExchange sites, using the word "dude" is most likely unnecessary (it's obvious to whom a comment is addressed, and there are @mentions). What connotation does "dude" ...
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Left or Right alignment of a letter?

I've changed quite a lot of schools and in most of them, they taught to align a everything of a any letter (formal/informal) on the left side. I'm in a dillema because recently in my new school, ...
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How to make this sentence shorter?

It appears that this site does not support LaTeX, so sorry for the ugly formatting. I would like to explain the sentence Let X ~ N(mu_x, sigma_x^2) and Y ~ N(mu_y, sigma_y^2). with plain ...