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Which one is more accurate to kindly not taking the offer to take the money? [closed]

What is the difference between decline and refuse ?
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Chinese character “denoting” or “used to denote” black color?

How to say the following phrase correctly: a Chinese character denoting OR used to denote black colour? Context Furthermore, due to the etymological analysis of a Chinese character denoting black ...
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What to do with a 'roadblock'

I have the following piece of text for a technical/scientific paper: "This is a significant roadblock in achieving the vision of ... To solve this roadblock, we present ..." However, this sounds ...
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Can one use a hyphen to form 2 words with same prefix

Consider this part of a sentence: [...] the development of neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disorders. I'm wondering if it is acceptable to omit the "neuro" prefix before "inflammatory" ...
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Is it correct for an author to decide the level of restriction of a words definition?

For example the word "religion" is defined as : The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods And also: 1.1 A particular system of faith and ...
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forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors [migrated]

Is there a forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors in my English written texts?
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Picture/ Cartoon Description - Describing somebody's clothing - “to wear” in present simple or continuous form?

If I need to describe somebody's clothing in a picture/photograph/cartoon description, would I need to use the verb "to wear" in the present simple or in the present continuous? Is "to wear" more of ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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MLA style: I need help citing an old article I found in a website

I found this article from Aldous Huxley that was written a long long time ago, this is the only website I found that has it in full. http://csp.org/practices/entheogens/docs/huxley-drugs.html In my ...
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Could some native speaker read my short paragraph on humour and say whether it's correct? [closed]

I'm not asking you to fully assess my paragraph, just to look at it and comment on it (merely 200 words). It would be highly appreciated. Thank you. Although the general goal of humour is to ...
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Is it correct to avoid starting sentences with subordinating conjunctions in technical writing? [closed]

I work on a team where everyone has decided that it is incorrect to start a sentence with a subordinating conjunction period. For example they will change the sentence: Based on the system-wide risk ...
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The noun form of “well-defined”

What’s the noun of well-defined (meaning that something is defined well in a mathematical sense). Also, could you show me more examples of the same structure/principle (of transforming the adjective ...
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A word for describing their friendship … not satisfied with close , intimate etc.? [closed]

Which word can I use to describe the friendship between the two friends in the story 'My lost dollar' by Stephen Leacock? I thought of these words but dont think they fit in well : close, intimate, ...
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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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Word for when a writer uses alternate spelling and grammar to immitate a dialect

What is the word for when a writer spells words of a character's dialogue differently for a character in order to express an accent or dialect? I think it starts with a 'd'.
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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question [closed]

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 just ...