Questions tagged [register]

Questions about English registers, broadly defined as variations of the language used for specific tenors, media (modes), and domains (fields).

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Can I use the phrase 'nigh-on-impossible' in a report?

I'm currently writing an academic report and I began to write out the phrase 'nigh-on-impossible' without a second thought. It then occurred to me that this phrase may actually be slang. I did a ...
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Past participle adjective usage in documentation registers

Very often when documenting data I am confronted with the following dilemma: Should I use the past tense or the present tense to describe processes by which the data are defined? E.g. I might say “...