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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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What is a professional way of saying “I''m not trying to badger you”, or similar

In my business, I often have to follow up with my clients via email. If it's been a long time, I'll often want to say something like this: I'm trying to balance attentiveness with not (badgering, ...