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We walked vs we would walk [duplicate]

I'm writing about a past event and I'm unsure which sentence is technically correct. We walked on the beach or We would walk on the beach. I'm aiming for less is best in my writing without ...
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What does an ellipsis followed by an exclamation mean?

I'm confused about how to use "...!" in writing. Currently, I'm writing a fiction story with a character who has been critically injured. I got this question while typing out this: "I won't die yet....
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help: punctuating a long list containing abbreviations [closed]

any suggestions for the following list: "such as: joiner, Hollaender swivel T, Hollaender horizontal flat plate, jr. end piece, Hollaender split cross, flange base, [Matthews] Big Ben, speedrail ear, ...
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Professional terminology for telling someone that their writing is not good [closed]

I am a reviewer for an academic journal. I often find myself in the position of needing to decline a submission because the writing is just not good, but I struggle to find the correct words for ...
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Usage of the word “ folklore”

can I use " An American folklore" to describe "Rip Van Winkle", and should I reconstruct the first sentence of the essay to begin with the name of the novel? any other editorial tips would be ...
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Is the usage of 'of course' correct in this sentence?

Is the usage of of course correct in this sentence? Is it the right context? After 60 blissful years, even today, all the school memories are still vivid and heartwarming. Of course, happy ...
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How to rephrase in third person? [closed]

How can I phrase this in the third person? (Maybe one word for the person preforming the task) You and probably everyone else know it's there but everyone chooses to overlook it because it has been ...
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What is the proper way to add or correct a word in another person's quote? [duplicate]

I am trying to add a missing word in another person's quote. What is the proper way to do this?
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Is there an official symbol for repetition in a table

In one of the tables of a paper, I used a hyphen to indicate the repetition of the value in a cell into the one below. Here is an (ugly) example: ╭────────╥────────────┬─────────────────────╮ │ ...
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Is there a word that describes when an editor sends some copy back to be altered?

In a publishing context, if a writer submits some copy (eg. an article) to an editor and the editor sends it back to be amended in some way, is there a word to describe that? Not 'reject' but ...
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Use of & in Footnote editing [closed]

If the intent is to reduce the # of characters in footnotes/endnotes (using the Chicago/Turabian style), would it be proper to replace "and" with "&"? For example, "ed. & trans," pages "4, 7, &...
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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...
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What is Copy-Editing?

I know that proof readingis when someone read an article over and over again to fix grammar mistake(s) and or spelling error(s). But I am somehow confused that what the difference is with copy-editing?...
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What is the word for an inline editor's comment?

What is the word for an inline editor's comment? As an example, I was reading a particular software product's online documentation (more of a wiki) and I was surprised to find that there were certain ...
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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This is right. Or that is right? [duplicate]

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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What is the editing term for a section of text in a translation which was already in the target language and therefore has not been translated?

I'm wondering if a Latin or special editing term exists for texts which was already in the target language in the original, and therefore has just been copied over onto the translation. The ...
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Consistent & accepted style(s) for hyphenating a shade of color used as an adjective for hair?

I'm helping edit a friend's book. Generally, I'm confident with my edits, yet one thing keeps nagging me. I'd appreciate expert guidance. In the book, some characters have shades of brown hair, e.g.: ...
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Alternatives for “similar to other studies”

When you want to compare the results of a research to other studies, you can use Similar to other studies, the current study indicates that ... What are other alternatives for 'Similar to other ...
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor parameter ...
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In publishing, what does the acronym “P/U” or “PU” mean?

I have come across this acronym in reference to a project I have been given to revise. Usually it is in a context such as "PU and modify."
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What is the opposite word to “indent”—“outdent” or “unindent”?

I'm looking for the opposite word to "indent." Is it "outdent", or is it "unindent"? Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.
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What is the correct name for this particular unclear-subject error?

An example: the sentence "Upon finishing these books, I think the reader has a new perspective on history." Taken literally, it could mean that "I, upon finishing these books, think..." Or it ...
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Whence “emphasis mine”?

Writers often highlight part of a quotation to emphasize the point they're making. They use a variety of phrases to indicate that the emphasis did not appear in the original text. In order of current ...
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german tourist or German tourist? [closed]

I have learned that 'german' as a noun, written with upper case letter whilst 'german' as an adjective should be with lower case letter. Please guide me more by posting the rules if necessary, thank ...
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Cleaning up / formatting verbatim quotations

Frequently, I have situations where I am in need of the ability to quote an individual who has written something verbatim that has some type of grammatical error. Although I would like to write it ...
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Rephrasing a Run-on Sentence

I am having trouble phrasing some of my thoughts into a decent sounding sentence. I particularly do not like the use of and twice: I believe this may make the sentence a run-on. Also in previous ...
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Quoting poor English in a news article? I don't often see “[sic]”

I don't stumble upon "[sic]" as I read newspapers. I think it's safe to assume that plenty of those who are quoted in articles have botched their grammar more often than not. Here's what I'm asking: ...
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Can “along with” be used to mean “as a consequence of”?

I have this sentence: Along with something (cause), something else (effect) happened. From text books I know that parts that are connected by “along with” should be in the same form and in the ...
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How to indicate “Our remark”?

I have a sentence: Before the Greeks, the ancient Egyptians used it (Golden Section - remark is ours) in the construction of their great pyramids. In that sentence the words "Golden Section" was ...
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Syntax for marking incorrect examples of language

I have noticed various marks in example sentences to denote incorrect examples of English: This is correct. *This incorrectly. The former is left alone; the latter has an asterisk marking the ...
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Can you use “(sic)” in other contexts?

In Polish you can use sic to indicate not only erroneous spelling (uncorrected for editorial reasons), but also to note that the sentence should be as it is when it comes to its meaning (e.g. "The ...
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Should I fix typos/grammatical errors in quotation?

When writing papers, I meet typos/grammatical errors in quotations now and then. Should I correct them, or leave them as they are?
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When to use “just”

The word just is one of those overused words that carries little meaning and appears to just clutter up a sentence (oops, did it again). When is the use of just justified? What are better, clearer ...