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What are the synonum of “This is accepted” for academia writing

I'm looking for an academic synonym for "This is accepted with". For example, I want to say This is accepted with the measure X or This is accepted when the X measure increases or this is accepted ...
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Can I use alma mater before graduating?

I'm currently writing cover letters for my next position, and I want to refer to the institution I will graduate from. Can I use the term alma mater despite not graduating yet? Thanks!
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Noun opposite of a theoretician?

What do you call someone who is concerned with / active in practice and application rather than theory? That is, what is the noun opposite of "theoretician"? I've looked on thesaurus.com, WordHippo....
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Verb tense in academic literature review according to Chicago style

APA, used by psychology and related disciplines, suggests past tense when talking about previous research. It suggests formulations like "Martin (2020) addressed" and "researchers have studied" ...
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Single verb to refer a reader to the source of information in academic English

I would like to refer a reader in my research text to the source of information. I wrote in my thesis: "confer Proposition X" or "confer Section A". However, the reviewers suggested I should use ...
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Use of present tense in academic writing

I'm a graduate theology student, and I'm having some trouble with verb tenses. In my first chapter I explore the life and work of the author who is the subject of my study. I am often narrating in the ...
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“Many” as a pronoun at the beginning of a sentence

I am unable to decide if I should use 'many' to express "many people" in an academic writing. It goes like: Many claim that ambiguity is a result of an inefficient parsing. Do you see any problem ...
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Formal way of saying “dig it out”

I am writing an academic manuscript to describe the action of "digging certain stuff out." For instance, given an image containing several pedestrians, my image analysis techniques can extract those ...
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Using hyphenation to avoid ambiguity

When I write a research paper, I often use hyphenation in order to avoid ambiguity. For example, consider the phrase fractionally Pareto optimal allocation A person who does not know these terms ...
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Which one of these sentences is better? A thesis title - Apostrophes Showing Possession

Sentence 1 : The comparison of Muhammed Bedruddîn Mahmûd el-Aynî’s "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" books Sentence 2 : Comparison of the "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" ...
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Do I have to use “I” or “we” when orally presenting my scientific thesis written by a single author? [closed]

I know that in a scientific paper or thesis made by a single author, it is common to use we. (This is also recommended at our university.) But what about when you alone are presenting a thesis work ...
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A word for the property of scaling distance between two endpoints?

Scalability is defined as the capacity to be changed in size or scale. In Computer Science, the term is often used in a context such as scalable networks, scalable algorithms, etc. However, I want ...
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Using phrases in email to prof (academic)

1. "I hope you are doing well" Will be it polite, if I write it in an email to Proff/start an email with it? He was ill, and we wrote me about it 2. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule ...
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How do you describe a study which attempts to isolate the compounding effect of factor A on factor B? [closed]

Shameless cry for academic help here. I'm working on my thesis, which is a study that will focus on the compounding effect of group dynamics on persuasive technology. The control and treatment group ...
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“go too far” — suitable for academic writing?

I am revising the following sentence in an academic paper: The de facto XXX seems to go too far and notably undermine the readability. where XXX is a named of a new technique. I feel like "go too ...
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Why do psychology researchers frequently misplace commas, in relationship to coordinating conjunctions? [closed]

If a comma belongs next to a coordinating conjunction, it should precede (see Should I use a comma before "and" or "or"?, https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...
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Past or present tense when reporting the views of another?

When reporting the views of another person, what tense should I use? Here are three fragments of a paragraph from a text I am currently writing: "Another objection is that Friedman overestimates the ...
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Word describing multiple paths to the same abstract outcome

I am looking for a word I came across but forgot to note down. It describes that multiple pathways can lead to the same outcome — not in terms of physical paths but rather in terms of an abstract ...
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How to say “we thought about” in an academic way?

In the following sentence: Since there are many row values at each step of the process, one approach we thought about is to aggregate all the row values into a single value What is the alternative ...
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The term for caring more about problems that you see as directly affecting yourself

What is the term for the tendency to care more about problems that we perceive as directly affecting us? Or, relatedly, the tendency to show more empathy for people's problems when we perceive the ...
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What is the best phrase to tell students that they should get a worksheet from the board? [closed]

I work as a teacher. I created several worksheets that I pinned to the board right across my door. I want students to pick up as many of them as they need so that they can study at home. What is the ...
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Word request: multi-context-type

I use "multi-context-type device" to name the "device" that works in different modes for different types of context. For example, type of context is like "classroom", "office", and context is like "...
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Academic word for “squabbler” [closed]

I'm looking for a word to use in an academic proposal that conveys the idea that the individuals are fighting, potentially violently, and immaturely (optional component of the meaning) and should be ...
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interplay between vs. among vs. of — best option?

In an academic paper, I would like to say that "I explore the interplay "between/among/of" (A) the representation of love in The Great Gatsby and (1) modern conceptions of love, (2) Biblical ...
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What does this sentence mean? “…in order to cope with the mass character of the gazes of tourists as opposed to the individual character of travel.”

Well, I read an article in terms of tourism and need to translate it but I have no idea what is this sentence is about. A substantial proportion of the population of modern societies engages in ...
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Using the Latin phrase 'ante Christum natum' in an English sentence

The phrase ante Christum natum translates to 'before the birth of Christ,' and Wikipedia says it is the (likely outdated) Latin equivalent to BC, in the same way post Christum natum is the equivalent ...
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English equivalent of Greek “στο πτυχίο”

I am looking for a translation to the Greek "επι πτυχίω" or "στο πτυχίο". The meaning of the phrase is that an undergraduate student has completed the necessary semesters in order to graduate but ...
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Is pan-project a word?

In order to refer to something across all the sub-projects or areas of the project. What else could be one-word or an efficient way of saying, "You are going to work pan-project"?
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“increase of” vs. “increase in” in connection with abstract quantities

I'm aware of two other questions with a similar title (here and here), but I'm not sure they answer my specific question. An editor of a journal has changed The observed increase of x ... to ...
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“What is more”, “What's more” too informal for academic writing?

A coauthor of mine used the expression "what's more" in a scientific paper. My gut feeling was that this is not a commonly used expression in formal writing, but I could not find clear evidence for ...
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What are alternatives of “a better way” in academic writing?

I want to say "A better way to analyse the .. is to understand its underlying structure". What are the alternatives to saying a better way?
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How to say “In order to keep a smooth reading” in a good academic way? [closed]

I'm currently writing my (math) thesis. Some properties of the objects I'm studying are used often and are relatively elementary. So, I would like to state them once and then avoiding referring to ...
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How to describe 'Mutual Benefits' in academic terms in the following?

I am writing a proposal for a joint collaboration with a University in Singapore. I aim to use their facilities to gain hands-on experience. In the following, the excerpt from my proposal is ...
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What is the better way of saying “a few dozens of seconds”?

I want to say "wait for about 30 to 40 seconds and then execute the command", in an academic context. I'm using this sentence now but I think it is not good. after a few dozens of seconds activate ...
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“…is checked if it is…” [closed]

I'm writing a scientific thesis in English but I'm not a native speaker. I think this sentence is correct, but I am not sure (that's why I ask this here rather than in "Writing") and I think it does ...
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Should I write “a n-tuple” or “an n-tuple” [duplicate]

While writing a math paper, I have met many places to determine which indefinite articles should I use before a math symbol. Another example is "a/an f-exceptional divisor", here f is a math symbol ...
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What is the adjective to describe research approaches lacking theory proof?

When I write an academic paper and describe one of the previous researches, I found that the method is only based on the authors' own claims and lacks theory proof. I am looking for a weak and ...
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Can a faculty be based on area1 and area2?

I've been writing a motivation letter for a grad school. The faculty I'm applying to is a "The Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics". I want to emphasize that it is an interdisciplinary faculty ...
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Scientific Writing: Acceptance of “one does”?

Essentially what the title says: Are formulations like "To determine the unknowns one employs the following conditions" acceptable for scientific writing? My professor insists that sentences like this ...
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empathetic eye or the eye of an insider? [closed]

I am a student going abroad from a developing country to study in a developed one for 2 years already. Now i am looking for research job in the developed countries. Regarding migration of labor, can I ...
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Is “top-of-the-line” or specific forms of compound adjective colloquial? Any general rule?

I am asking this question in the context of writing an academic paper. I am thinking if there exists a general rule regards to judging whether a compound adjective is colloquial, and, in this instance,...
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Does this sentence sound correct?

I'm unsure if this sentence is grammatically sound and successfully conveys what I intend to say. I am particularly unsure about the use of the word "Which" and "malice. The clause where I talk about ...
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Can I end a sentence with “is”? [duplicate]

I am writing a research paper and intend to write this sentence : Even a cursory reading of the news reveals how grossly inaccurate that assumption is. Is that an accurate and appropriate ...
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Other word for negative impact [closed]

Can anyone give me a scholarly term that describes "negative impact"? It's for a title: the negative impact of colonialism on mentality
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Is it proper to use iff to denote if and only if in academic writing (papers)?

if and only if (shortened iff) is a biconditional logical connective between statements. Is it proper to use iff to denote if and only if in academic writing (papers)?
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Adjective for combining some lower dimensional objects to form a higher dimensional object

Are there some English words that describe the dimension of objects changed, by combining some lower dimensional objects to form a higher dimensional object. For example, from the lower dimensional ...
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Using imaginary word “Hamletian” in AP Engish Literature annotated bibliography [closed]

I was considering creating the word "Hamletian," meaning "of Hamlet," for use in an annotated bibliography, because I like the sound of "Hamletian criticism" much more than "criticism of Hamlet." It ...
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Does the word “teacher” sound childish at university?

There is a distinction between the way students refer to teachers in high school and at university in my country and the former way sounds very childish. So, I was just wondering if it is the same in ...
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Adjectives for when there is a lot writing or very little writing on a topic [closed]

When talking about "a literature" or a body of research, what are adjectives to contrast a literature with lots of work, versus one with little work? I'm thinking of something like "a broad ...
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Correct formatting of quote which includes a description of speaker and where quote was spoken [closed]

I am trying to begin a paper with a quote but the person is really only known to people within a certain background so I want to include more information than: person + where quote was spoken. Just ...