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My English.SE profile for the time being:

I am a math student and professor.

I obsess endlessly -- and I mean that literally (not Joe Biden "literally") -- about how to write things. I am (once again) rewriting my template syllabus before this semester starts. QED.

I strive to keep my writing clear, concise (but not terse) and to the point, easy to read, with visual clues, and light or humorous (unless it distracts from the point). I have never succeeded.

Note that I define "concise writing" as writing which is as short as reasonably possibly so that the reader can still easily understand it. "Terse" is shorter than that.

I will only be asking for help on here. I cannot provide any.


Mar
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Jan
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Jan
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revised Can you make this sentence clear?
Still tweaking the wording in my syllabus, so I keep changing it here. :D
Jan
1
accepted Can you make this sentence clear?
Jan
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revised Can you make this sentence clear?
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Dec
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revised Can you make this sentence clear?
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Dec
30
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Dec
30
comment Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers?
As a former programmer myself, I would like to second @Mal's opinion.
Dec
30
asked Can you make this sentence clear?
Aug
29
comment Alternatives of 'a snowball's chance in hell'
@GMB That may be, but why? Idioms are so much fun!
Jul
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Jul
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comment Why is this a fragment?
All of your answers make clear that MS Word is being a little too grammatically precise (I'll bet you never thought you'd hear a math teacher complain about being "too precise", huh?). Shoe's answer also included the "no need to avoid the fragment". I will leave the sentence as is.
Jul
7
accepted Why is this a fragment?
Jul
7
comment Why is this a fragment?
@RegDwigнt, I gave you one upvote. But only because the site won't let me give you two (or three). MS Word is a tool (and I would like back the 30 minutes I spent agonizing over whether this would be an embarrassing question to post).
Jul
7
revised Why is this a fragment?
edited title
Jul
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asked Why is this a fragment?
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revised What's that word? Does it mean “circular reasoning”?
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May
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comment Question mark or period?
@Soccem I don't quite get your first sentence (but agree with your second).