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aim of thesis vs thesis aims [closed]

I came across the sentence using aim in the active voice with an inanimate subject: "this thesis aims". I would like to ask whether it is the appropriate usage or "the aim of the thesis ...
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Was the Shark frightening to 16th / 17th-century English speakers?

Undoubtedly, in our Modern-mind-set, for many the mere utterance of the word "Shark" (more so when in the ocean, swimming) brings a sort of dread or at the least, undesirability to the ...
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Deciphering two words from their Archaic spellings

I am translating the 1509, first English Translation of Sebastian Brant's The Shyp of foyls (The Ship of Fools), and came across two words which, for the life of me, I could not construe or make ...
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Multiple names and titles in a single sentence?

This study includes interviews from notable professionals such as 3 time Emmy award winner John Smith, Northern State University Professor of Quantum Mechanics Dr. Jane Cook, Founder and CEO of Planet ...
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What is the pronoun "their" being used to refer to?

The biofilms are able to break down the pesticides that contaminate aquatic environments and modify their structure, diversity and functioning. Here's the whole text: A team from Cemagref in Lyon (...
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What are the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a research study?

A reviewer asked me in three separate questions about each of these sections. However, I do not understand the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a ...
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What does "is seen to be" mean?

I am writing an academic article and to give conservative opinion, I am thinking to use the following statement: XXX is seen to give worse results and therefore excluded in our report. I am ...
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English as a computer language : research links needed [closed]

I conducted a small experiment some time back. The idea originated during e-mail composition when I wanted to examine the possibility of conveying something more than what is typically expressed in ...
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What are typical "emotional absolutes" and why we should avoid them in academic writing?

I am working on a revision of an academic research paper. We performed some empirical studies and wrote a paper to demystify some common misunderstanding of certain techniques. One reviewer gave me ...
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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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How to discuss my unexpected experimental results? [closed]

In my research, I found that my proposed scheme does not provide very "high performance" gains as compared to the conventional scheme I was testing against. Still, my results are better and I am ...
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I need a suitable verb for research [closed]

I want to list some researches done by some people on a specific topic.can I say : "a research was conducted by Smith et al....... what verbs are suitable for research?
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Repeating a word in a sentence

I've just installed a tool for my research documents and I found out I use a lot of repeating words. ... is a way where a developer can ... Since the beginning of the web, using a ... Is this bad ...
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Where To Find a Descriptive Word for Human Facial Impression? [closed]

I am trying to build a semantic search system which retrieves corresponding search result upon given "text" queries which describe human facial impression. For example, if one queries "slight sexy ...
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What does "werewith" mean in this context?

“You may remember the inquiries I made, when you werewith me in England, among such of my relations as were then living; and the journey undertook for that purpose.” — Quoted in Benjamin Franklin, ...
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A thane is a person granted the honorary title of? [closed]

> A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the monarch or country, especially in a military capacity. As a knight is one ...
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Etymology of "fairy"

All the standard dictionaries--with the notable exception of the OED--seem to trace the etymology of fairy through Old French fae to Latin fata, meaning "the fates" or "the goddess of fate". As a ...
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what does "known to fail" mean? [closed]

I read this phrase in "Curvelet based residual complexity objective function for non-rigid registration of pre-operative MRI with intra-operative ultrasound images." 2016: In the intensity-based ...
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A word meaning ‘enacted as law, but not yet implemented as social practise’ [closed]

I'm trying to recall a word I saw in the Dictionary.com word of the day a few months back that meant something like a protection or ideal or a right that had been enacted merely as a law without ...
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Can I use 'epistemological' in my action research paper?

I am studying for an MA as an artist-teacher. I am currently writing an Action Research essay following a recent exhibition of my work. Having explained why action research is an appropriate approach, ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper? [closed]

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Format for co-writing [MLA]

Typically, you structure MLA: John Smith Professor Adam Houser English 105 3 December 2015 (Page Header: "Smith 1") How would you arrange this for a co-written paper? I could not find any ...
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How do you search for a specific english word [closed]

Consider that you are writing a blog post or an essay. No one will have all the words we need at the tip of the tongue at all times. So when you struggle to find the appropriate word, what resource ...
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Is "research" as a countable noun actually used by native speakers?

I see this phrase being used often by non-native speakers, and it never fails to strike me as incorrect: "In this research, [...]" I also note that Wiktionary and Merriam-Webster consider that ...
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Alzheimer disease or Alzheimer's disease? [closed]

What is the proper spelling: Alzheimer or Alzheimer's Disease?
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Does there exist a subset of words which can be used to define all others?

All words in the dictionary are defined by using other words. Has there been any research that has traced these definitions down to a subset of the English language which can define the rest of it? I'...
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Where can I find a list of words that contain one or more spaces, such as ice cream? [closed]

This post asked if ice cream was one word or two. John Lawler's comment seems logical and accurate to me: "Space: The Final Frontier. The answer to the question is "Yes". That is, some people ...
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endophyte studies OR the studies of endophytes?

Which is better to describe research into microorganism, especially fungi: endophyte studies or the study of endophytes?
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Cite authors or inform the reader that these guys made it?

I writing a research paper in which I want to say that Paul Viola and Michael Jones (authors behind a framework) made this framework. What is the more formal way of saying this?
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When is it okay to use the term "Indians" when meaning "Native Americans?" [duplicate]

It has always been a personal pet peeve of mine when Native Americans are referred to as "Indians." It has nothing to do with respect for Native Americans or political correctness; it is entirely ...
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Correct term for "solo investigator" in a research

I'm looking for a phrase that describes a condition where one and only one person is doing academic research, from proposal to paper report - as opposed to the work being done in a team. The phrase &...
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [closed]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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How to report "Ocean of Knowledge"

I would write an academic research report and i would like to know how to write : "Ocean of knowledge" to describe an enormous source of knowledge ?
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Louis Theroux, rhetorics and his documentaries [closed]

For my Audiovisual theory class I am required to do a research project. I have gotten 2 criteria that my research project should consist of. The first is about documentary film. The second is ...
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How to write a proper research paper with the use of pronouns referring to myself?

I am writing a research paper or report that is based on the development of my own product. Traditionally, the University I study in recommends that a research paper or report must be written by ...
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Hyphenating complex physical units

I have been reading about writing conventions for scholarly articles recently - specifically, physics - and have learned that when writing units, write them out if they are not associated with a ...
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What is a 17th-century affectionate term for "Mother"?

I'm writing a ghost story, and (in an admittedly well-worn trope) a child ghost is looking for its mother; however, how would a 17th-century child affectionately refer to its mother? In short, what ...
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How to cite a website where the author/publisher are not readily apparent? [closed]

I would like to quote information from this website. There is a title "Battles:", a website name: "Napoleonsims", but almost nothing else. How would I find the author/publisher/etc.? Assuming I ...
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Possessive pronouns in research papers [closed]

Contrast: In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and their corresponding Fourier transforms... with In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and the ...
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Plagiarism: How to cite the citation of your source? [closed]

I am being prosecuted by my school for plagiarism. However, I had no idea I was plagiarizing. They claim I incorrectly cited my source. But I beg to differ. Generally, how does one cite a source's ...
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Which tense should I use when presenting a table of data?

I have a table and the description of the table as followed: Table 7 presents the likelihood of OPT occurrences from the time annotated sentences; V-RB refers to the sentences which contain ...
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Should perfect and progressive tenses be avoided in research papers?

Writing a research paper, I came across a remark from one of the reviewers: "Keep it simple" […] try to stay with present simple and past simple tense. This would discourage the use of ...
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Best source for origins of expressions and idioms? [closed]

I'm often interested in the origins of English phrases, and I know that I can find answers by googling, and I can find good answers by asking here. How can I find good answers myself? Are there any ...
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What is the best way to track down the origin and grammar of this quote?

The best way to know a man is to walk a thousand miles in his shoes. That way, he's a thousand miles away and has no shoes. I'm willing to bet it's a Jack Handey quote, as it's rather in that vein ...
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What are some good sites for researching etymology?

I'm wondering about the origins of a particular word and, while my first thought was to ask the ELU community, I decided I should do the work myself. Where should I start looking? I'd love to see ...