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Could you Please answer this question? [closed]

Making Verb Tense Choices In the paragraph below, select the correct verb form for each item. Since the action in the paragraph occurred in the past, many of the verbs will be in past tense. However, ...
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Confusing paragraph in a psychology book

I am currently working on translating a book called Self-Compassion. Yet, I faced a paragraph (the bolded one) that I don't quite understand. Any help? BEFORE EXAMINING SELF-COMPASSION IN MORE DETAIL,...
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Choosing a title for a given passage

We are usually given a passage/text, which we have to summarize and give a suitable title. So I was wondering, there are two ways you can give a title : One is by picking the main line from the ...
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Does paragraph length follow a normal distribution? [closed]

Many naturally occurring things follow a normal distribution. I'm curious to know if paragraphs follow a normal distribution too? Note: paragraph length could be measured in characters, or words.
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Allowed to use “they’ve” in a new paragraph? [closed]

Option A: “Great! Your new account request has been sent to ABC company. You'll be emailed a notification as soon as they've got your account ready for you to use.” Option B: “Great! Your new account ...
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Kindly explain the meaning of this sentence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

He had one, brief glimpse of the stone Pensieve on the desk where he had left it, and then an earsplitting noise made him cry out, thinking of curses and returning Death Eaters and the rebirth of ...
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Literary term for visual consistency or uniformity of paragraphs?

I have noticed paragraphs that look visually consistent can seem more appealing on the page. I have noticed this when reading others' writing and when reading my own. It often occurs when each ...
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Is it ok to write coworking in formal english? also it is correct the way I am using the semicolon?

Please read the following paragraph and tell me if needs some improvement, also if I am using correctly the semicolon: -Coworking with local authorities for finding the best response to attend ...
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Does the article "the" needs to be used every time in a paragraph while mentioning something that has been referred earlier?

I not a native English speaker and have real difficulties in the usage of articles in paragraphs, especially the use of article `the'. For instance kindly consider the following paragraph: In Fig. ...
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One subject for every paragraph?

I've heard that a paragraph should have exactly one subject. I'm looking at the caption of a figure, and wondering if it should be reworded: If the factor model is good, it interrupts the effect ...
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Citing Multiple paragraphs MLA

Had a quick question about how I should cite with multiple paragraphs (MLA). Here is how the text appears in the source (The Great Gatsby): 'An Oxford man!' He was incredulous. 'Like hell he is!...
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"It is" as the beginning of paragraphs

Is it encouraged or discouraged to use "IT IS" at the very beginning of a paragraph in formal writing English?. For instance: It is often argued that study art in school should be mandatory, since ...
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Can't make sense of a paragraph from Lovecraft

I decided to start reading some work of Lovecraft.  Reading The Beast in the Cave, I got stuck at the first paragraph I encountered: The horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding ...
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'Thus it was... redeemed and wed?' What does that mean in 2018? [closed]

Here are two paragraphs from Clive Barker's Weaveworld. I am really having trouble digesting two phrases. True joy is a profound remembering; and true grief the same. Thus it was, when the dust storm ...
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Can I use "although" at the beginning of a paragraph?

For instance... "Although it is hot outside, I put my jacket on. I then proceeded to take it on and off, all day long. I am not sure why I did this."
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"it doesn't - right?" sentence meaning

from podcast transcript WOOD: So one, when he has 45 minutes to get up on stage, I want people to pay close attention to the logical flow of his argument, to the evidence he's providing, to the ...
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Can one start a paragraph with the word "also"? [closed]

Just wanted to ask this for a school thing... Just a little confused, because no other website already has the answer and if you start it with also, wouldn't it sound wrong? If I could get a response ...
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Short quotation over two paragraphs

If I am quoting two short consecutive sentences, but the first sentence is the last of a paragraph and the second sentence is the first sentence of the following paragraph, how do I show this? Must I ...
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Is there a difference between the usage of "this" or "that" when referring back to an idea in the previous sentence?

In the following two sentences, is there any difference in what "this" or "that" would indicate about the previous sentence? Would one of them be less accurate than the other? We ...
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One topic per paragraph when discussing advantages and disadvantages

I'm in the process of discussing advantages and disadvantages in a science paper I'm writing. I'm not sure if it's best to include them in two separate body paragraphs, one for advantages and one for ...
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Problems with paragraphs [closed]

Problems with correct sentences I would like to study related algebraic problems in the complexity framework,one of the challenge in this would be to find suitable parameter for these problems. ...
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Paragraphs : white space and left indent in the same piece [closed]

I understand that I should not use white space in between paragraphs and indent on the left to separate the same paragraph. But is it alright to go in novel writing from one to another? For instance, ...
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How can I rephrase these two sentences for a more natural flow? [closed]

How can I rephrase the two sentences in italics, so that it sounds and flows more naturally and doesn't sound awkward. The sentence before it are given for some context. But neither systems perform ...
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How many newlines should be used between paragraphs? [closed]

Which is the correct way of separating two paragraphs? Should there be a space between them? Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam sit amet sapien placerat, sollicitudin diam ...
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The one sentence paper [closed]

So, I recently found this article detailing the peculiarities of a one sentence paragraph. One of the examples they gave of a one sentence paragraph at work was the preamble to the United States ...
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A question in comprehension

There was an English exam and it had this paragraph, I have two questions: What does you in this sentence refer to? it is usual as in China, to clean the whole house on the day before New Year, and ...
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Usage of 'it' in starting of paragraph [closed]

Can a paragraph start with a sentence containing 'it' even when the sentence does not introduce you to the noun or pronoun that 'it' is referring to? Like the jumbled sentences.. A. For the moment,...
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MLA: block quote following an indented first line of paragraph - must I 'double indent' the block?

I am writing a paper in MLA style, where the first line of each new paragraph is indented once. However, I wish to use a block quote on the second like of a paragraph, which must also be indented once ...
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Should this phrase be put at the end of a paragraph or at the start of a new one? [closed]

The phrase is 'now onto the science.' Context: We first set up the bunsen burner and locate an appropriate flask. We then wear our goggles. Now, onto the science. Now, onto the science. We expect ...
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Is it OK to put a fragment of a quote within a paragraph?

For example: She recommends an au pair, a surprisingly more affordable alternative to a nanny, “to take on the role of caregiver when both parents work outside of the home.” Or should the sentence be ...
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Where do I break the first paragraph of an enumeration with two introductory sentences?

I am currently trying to achieve a better organization of my paragraphs. Usually improvements are fairly simple, but I do not know how to deal with one pattern that appears repeatedly. Consider this ...
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Wrote first letter of a specific course with capital letter in a paragraph, but marked as grammatically incorrect!

I have a quick question for you guys. In my resume, I wrote this: Repaired computers in the computer lab along with the instructor and team members, for current Hardware and Software course ...
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Do I split the same character speaking twice successively into two separate paragraphs?

I have a character speaking twice in one paragraph with no one speaking in between. However, I'm not sure whether it should stay together in one paragraph or be split into two. I feel like the gap ...
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What does "Lizard in a ruin" mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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What is the paragraph trying to convey? [closed]

The Paragraph : Having repudiated the basic commitments to nationalism and the ideal of scholarly detachment that had always sustained historical writing in the United States, professional historians ...
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What do "former" and "latter" refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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Starting a new paragraph after ending the old one with a question

An example might involve ending one paragraph with the words ... So why is ___ so high? and then starting the next paragraph with something like this: If we take a look at __ ... Is it ...
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Choosing the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph

The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. I have to choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices ...
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Should a pilcrow disambiguate the beginning of one paragraph?

The correct usage of the pilcrow sign "¶" (as I understand) is to begin a paragraph, or to indicate a paragraph on a page that is not laid out with ordinary paragraph line-breaks. I'm writing a ...
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What is the difference between a ¶ Pilcrow Sign and the § Section Sign?

The following symbols have both been introduced to me as a 'paragraph symbol'. With the help of ShapeCatcher and Wikipedia, I found out that ¶ is officially known as the Pilcrow Sign § is officially ...
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Breaking a sentence over multiple paragraphs

I want to break a sentence into multiple paragraphs. This is a simple example: As the clock ticks down to the finish, only time will tell if Captain Bob — Slubgob, the alien explorer — and Boris, ...
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Why avoid writing one-sentence paragraphs? [closed]

I am told to avoid writing one-sentence paragraphs. What are some good reasons for following this rule?
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How to break a paragraph of running text with a example block or figure?

This may have been asked before, but I couldn't find it with my limited vocabulary of linguistic terms. When writing a paragraph of running text that's broken up by a (code) example block or figure, ...
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using both Past Simple and Past Perfect in the same paragraph

Is there a rule about consistency within a paragraph, of using past tense and past participle in alternate sentences? In my writing class, I notice some writers mix the two freely. Since I see this ...
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Does "Here's an example" end a paragraph, or continue it? [closed]

After explaining something you wish to give an example. You write "Here is an example." Is "Here is an example." the last line of the paragraph explaining the idea or is it the first line in the ...
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Which Sentence Does Not Belong Here? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the sentence that does not belong to this paragraph. The researchers developed three criteria for the test subjects. The test subjects needed to be women because the drug ...
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How to refer back to the final sentence of the last paragraph?

I'm wondering about the "distance" over which one may refer back to a point recently made. For instance, there are obviously no problems with the following construction: "...therefore, Method A may ...
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When to repeat a paragraph?

I was reading through this article recently, and I noticed that the first and seventh paragraphs are identical. Stylistically speaking, is it common to repeat entire strings of text as shown here? ...
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What exactly is a run-on paragraph?

I recently learned there is such a thing as a run-on paragraph. Whenever I write stories my paragraphs become a page or longer at times, so I began to wonder if I make run-on paragraphs. I haven't ...
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"Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon." What's the meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of the italicized sentence in this paragraph? From basement to sky rise the tenements of an alien colony. Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon. Behind those ...
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