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Resourses for reviewing writings [migrated]

I am looking for sites or communities where I can post my writings for reviews free of charge. Is there any?
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how do I make my essay impactful? [closed]

I have the ideas but I cant pen them down.I get the following problems while writing an essay: 1. I dont know where to start or end. 2. I cant maintain continuity in my essay. 3. my language skills ...
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Starting a sentence with 'With us"

I have been told that one should not start a sentence with 'With us". And to be honest, I have never seen it in use either. So, is it correct to say - "With us, you get access to the finest hotel ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't know what they like or will do with their life?

What would you call a person who would always response with 'I don't know' when thinking about their likes, favourite things, or their future (like plans for the next day or what they want their life ...
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When the title is in the form of a sentence - to capitalize the words or not?

I've heard for a "rule" that you should not capitalize the words in the title of an article, when the title is in the form of a sentence. For example: Pneumonia is contagious. (As opposed to ...
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Verb related to confidence that means unconvincing

Please help me find the correct verb to fill in the blank: His actions don't ..... confidence. I think it means that his actions do little or none to convince others.
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Connecting consequences and premises

“Hence”, “therefore”, “ergo”, “so”, “thereupon”, and “thus” are examples of connectors where the premises are written before the conclusion. I am looking for ways to connect a consequence and its ...
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Appropriate word order in a long sentence

I composed the below sentences to mean The company should contribute to the sustainability by: Proactive development of environmentally friendly products Reducing environmental load Which sentence ...
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Academic writing: enumerating properties of which several may apply

In an academic paper I currently say the following: State-of-the-art research tackles parts of the problem: security and multi-tenancy solutions exist but require hardware, do not meet shared use ...
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How to indicate that verification/correction is requested in the document

I’ve been tasked to write a document (like a wiki) about an application for work. I don't know much about the app, other than what I'm understanding by reading the source code and minimal business ...
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How to describe 'Mutual Benefits' in academic terms in the following?

I am writing a proposal for a joint collaboration with a University in Singapore. I aim to use their facilities to gain hands-on experience. In the following, the excerpt from my proposal is ...
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How to reconstruct a sentence to avoid words like but, yet, still, although and though?

I often find difficult to avoid those words. It'd be fine in articles, essays, etc if it was only because of the repetitiveness, there are three words or more for it, but in longer texts, like novels, ...
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Ideas on rephrasing the sentence below, please

"The privilege of serving people and improving their quality of life motivates me to pursue lifelong education and contribution to the dental knowledge and community." I feel that the last part "...
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Usage of “is” in messages [closed]

Which among the two below is correct? Usage Data unavailable. OR Usage Data is unavailable.
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Are text Readability Scores good indicators of advanced English skills? [closed]

This question is pretty subjective but will be useful for those who want to be English writers. Basically, I wrote a short story which contains the following attributes : Word count: 1200 Unique ...
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What's the best way to solve this run on sentence (lots of “and”s)?

I have to change a description for something in our app, and I was given this sentence: Create, edit and delete camera assignments and camera and DVR settings. Now the lack of an Oxford comma is ...
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How to say that something is the same regarding each pair in a group of different pairs of things?

They are two scenarios that I am comparing. Each scenario has 2 variation that slightly differ from one another. The first variation of the first scenario parallels the first variation of the second ...
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Is a high unique word count an indicator of strong writing? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: I scarcely know where to begin, though I sometimes facetiously place the cause of it all to Charley Furuseth's credit. (Jack London, The Sea Wolf, Chapter 1) ...
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How can you exactly substitute an adverb? (Pun intended) [closed]

Adverbs seem unnecessary, even redundant, to many editors. They suggest replacing an adverb with a stronger, more specific verb. I disagree. Here is a sentence from C. S. Lewis's "Problem of Pain": ...
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Preposition of manner

What is the way to place these sentences below? Are they fine or are there some rules? "Mayra is very happy in her life with Harry." "Mayra is very happy with Harry in her life."
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Ways of using exult in a sentence? [closed]

I just discovered what "exult" means, and would like to learn how to use it so it functions properly in a sentence. For example, is this correct? The Catholic Church exulted in its successes. ...
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Where to give the title in precis writing—at the beginning or at the end?

In my English guide book there are some examples on precis writing. But the title of every precis is given at the end. Is it a rule to write a precis that way, or do I need to give the title at the ...
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How to respond politely and professionally to an email requesting information? [closed]

I have received the following email Hello, Thank you for applying to UCB. We would like to call you briefly between the hours of 10:50 A.M. EST and noon on January 31. Please provide ...
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How to avoid using lot of I's in the personal essay? [closed]

I am writing my statement of purpose for applying to grad school. When I read my statement of purpose I see a lot of "I"s: I did this I worked on this I want to I got to learn this I got to ...
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How to differentiate between writing an introduction and a conclusion? [closed]

I know this sounds silly but bear with me. In the introduction, I state my thesis and briefly point out the ideas to follow. In a conclusion, I re-state the ideas that I have discussed in the body. I ...
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Expressing sudden interruption in written, narrative speech

Question: What is the lexical technique for expressing sudden interruptions in written, narrative speech? For example: I was walking down the street when— wait! Look at that! In the example above,...
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What is the difference between “any” or ”every”?

Consider: The system is deterministic if any two runs produce the same result. Can I say every instead of any in every such sentence?
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Grammatically incorrect or just awkward?

Is this grammatically incorrect or just clunky? If you put time into it you will be rewarded as you master all the different techniques. EDIT (copied from a reply below): I’ll add a bit of ...
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What can I replace the word “I” with in my cover letter? [duplicate]

When proofing my résumé’s cover letter, I found that I am writing I way too much. I have read that this is a potential turn-off for employers. Does anyone have suggestions on how to replace I with ...
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Should I use interchangable terms in academic writing?

In academic writing (when writing to a journal), should I stick to the same terms throughout a paper, e.g. Twenty participants participated to the study. The participants received monetary ...
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Is switching between first, second and third person in this context OK?

As this is my first question here I'd like to make a short introduction. I work in Estonia. As one of very few native speakers I landed a job as a content writer / proofreader. I'm not a great writer, ...
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Is there a 35th edition of “On Writing Well”?

My English teacher recommended Zinsser's "On Writing Well" as a supplement to my reading of E.B. White's "The Elements of Style". While I know that Zinsser's 30th edition exists, I have come across an ...
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Difference between an 'Abstract' and an 'Introduction' in a feature article? [closed]

I have to write a feature article for school. However, I'm confused how an abstract [a summary of my points] is different to an intro [Where you outline the points you're going to be elaborating in ...
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Writing: Word vs. Character Count [closed]

I am writing a thesis right now, and I noticed that in my writing software (Scrivener), there's a "word" and a "character" count. I understand that this is not Literature & Latte's support site, ...
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Should “improve at the following fronts” be followed by problems or solutions? [closed]

I am writing a technology report. It starts with an analysis of the current problems in the system. As a summary I have a paragraph to list all the problems in bullets. I use this sentence to start ...
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How to avoid using the subject of a sentence more than necessary [closed]

My English grammar is rusty and I have not kept up with grammar rules. So, please bear with me as I struggled to frame the title of my question. What I want accomplished is a paragraph that is short, ...