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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 ...
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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 similar....
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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, they'...
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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 english....
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Adding website URL in reference section of report writing

I was wondering what kind of format is standard or recommended style of mentioning URL of a website in report writing. What I found in the internet after a quick search was Cameron, B (Minister ...
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Describing the difference between at and to?

How do you describe the differences between speaking to and speaking at person? When a person is giving a speech and yelling it rather than speaking in normal tone.
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Should I say “at both single- and multiple-object levels”

In my current writing task, there are two different conceptual levels: one single object level and one multiple objects level. When I call them together, should I say: "At both single- and multiple-...
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Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy?

There are several different verbs that deal with handwriting. Write, Handwrite, sketch, draw... then there is Type, key-in... etc. Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy? I have thought ...
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“Initiate a transition” vs “anticipate the subsequent digression”

What is the different between writing a sentence that serves to initiate a transition and one that does to anticipate the subsequent digression. Can somebody please give me a example?
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Every once in a while [closed]

Representatives from my recruiting company sometimes come to visit me, may be once in a six months in my office. Is it correct to write some words of appreciation to them as shown below?. "I ...
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Are “control”, “direct”, “lead”, and “head” synonyms for supervise? [closed]

I need to know the following: Is control a synonym for supervise? Is direct a synonym for supervise? Is lead a synonym for supervise? Is head a synonym for supervise/supervisor/lead/leader? I have ...
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Another way to say “Does not matter” in formal reports

The phrase "does not matter" sounds rather informal to me. I'm writing a formal report and would appreciate alternative suggestions. For example: "The residents of City X enjoy favorable living ...
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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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How to italicize a self-reference?

Suppose I am writing a book. If I were to say, mentioned the title of the book in the introduction; would it be italicized? Now suppose I am writing a paper; what then? Thanks! Edit I am writing a ...
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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“Replace the position of the object” vs. “replace the object”

How should I write «replace the position of the object» or «replace the object» will be enough and the first variant is verbose? Thanks.
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Is it ). or .)? [duplicate]

I had a discussion about this recently: do you write ). or .)? For example: "Websites can be assigned to application pools, all application pools containing specific settings for applications (...
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Exaggerating the pronunciation of a vowel or consonant

Is there a word for exaggerating the pronunciation of a vowel or consonant by holding it longer than normal? When conveying this in writing, does it fall in the same category as an accent or dialect (...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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“Software diversification effect” or “software diversification effectiveness”? [closed]

here is my quick question, when I want to say "software diversity" (this is considered as a technical term), which one is the most suitable way? given the context below: XXXXX, with an amplified ...
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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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To italicize or not?

I am writing a novel set in 12th century France in English. I have included, for flavor, only a sprinkling of French words commonly known to English readers. I'm questioning the typeset of "chevalier"...
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Whether we use users or user? [closed]

I am wondering whether we use "user" or "users" in a technical document; specifically a user guide or specification document in those sentences like " with this feature user can issue . ...." or " ...
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As a(n) noun vs as only

I wonder about the use of as a and as (only) in writing. Can you explain when it is correct to quantify the noun when presenting oneself? I will paste some examples for clarity. Are there any rules ...
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Question on “the fabric of X” in sentences

I see a lot of sentences with "the fabric of X" in them. For example, "The veteran feels trusted, respected and understood -- re-integrated into the fabric of his or her homeland." "Half a century ...
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Why is it spelled “maintenance” and not “maintainance?”

Why is the task of maintaining spelled "maintenance" and not "maintainance?" Other words related to maintaining include: maintain, maintained, maintainer, maintainability, and maintainable. Each of ...
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How do you suggest I write in an archaic style? [closed]

I'd been exploring different styles of language when I decided I'd like to write in an archaic style as was common in the 18/19th century. How do you suggest I write in such style? Please do suggest ...
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Correct usage of SIC to express verbatim statements expressed vocally?

Taken literally, sic erat scriptum would imply that "[SIC]" is to be used only when expressing a written statement. Can it also be safely applied to express that which has been expressed vocally? i.e, ...
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“Reduce to” or “reduce by”?

Can I use the verb reduce in the following way? Also can anyone help me verify the whole sentence? The transmission overhead is reduced to more than 95%.
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How to respond politely and professionally to an email requesting information? [closed]

I have received the following email Hello, Thank you for applying to UCB. We would like to call you briefly between the hours of 10:50 A.M. EST and noon on January 31. Please provide ...
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When to Use Closing Quotes [duplicate]

I have noticed that BBC will frequently not use closing quotes when quoting long paragraphs of text, as an example it occurs twice in this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-...
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It is necessary to launch my audit application

I am requesting access to MS-Access. It is necessary to launch my audit application. Background: I received this e-mail from an internal employee. He's requested that MS-Access software be installed ...
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Can I say “awaken me from my naive view”?

I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience ...
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How to avoid using lot of I's in the personal essay? [closed]

I am writing my statement of purpose for applying to grad school. When I read my statement of purpose I see a lot of "I"s: I did this I worked on this I want to I got to learn this I got ...
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Must “first” be followed by “second”?

Is the use of the introductory word first awkward or confusing in the following paragraph if I don't include another sentence starting with secondly? In the process of learning them, I deeply felt ...