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Questions about the writing style of a particular sentence, phrase or construction in English. Questions asking for advice on writing style are off-topic.

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Footnote style using asterisk should have space or no space between symbol and note? [migrated]

When referencing a footnote using an asterisk or other acceptable symbols such as dagger and double dagger, in the footnote itself do you put a space between the symbol and the note? Example: This is ...
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Is the phrase “We may come here from darkness and disguise“ acceptable? If not, what is the most similar phrase I can use? [closed]

I would like to use this phrase in a song lyrics, but I'm afraid it's not correct and the meaning can be confusing. What I'm trying to say is this: Perhaps we come from a place of darkness and ...
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Is it fine to use Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?

I am trying to make a structure of tiers that will be used a lot. Is it fine to hyphenate the word as Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?
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Do I need a Period outside Quotation Marks when I already have a Question Mark inside the quote? [duplicate]

Do I need a period outside quotation marks when I already have a question mark inside the quote? For example, which one of the following would be the correct one: In an interview, he said, "Are ...
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Describing quantitative change in print. Which to mention first, initial or current value?

Is there a linguistic convention regarding whether to mention initial or current value first when describing change? I believe analysis of cognitive processing (retention, attention and retrieval) ...
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Is there a term for the aspect of style where an author indicates who is speaking? [duplicate]

In a novel, for example, imagine the following sentence: "I like chowder", Helen said. What I'm looking for is the highlighted part. There are many different ways that particular sentence ...
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How many past perfect tense instances can be used in one sentence?

There's a sentence in which I have to express that one activity took place more recently than the other three. It's a classic case when past perfect should be used, but how does it look in terms of ...
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What did Tolkien mean by this awkward sentence structure?

In the first chapter of The Hobbit, I just read this: “Thank you!” said Bilbo with a gasp. It was not the correct thing to say, but they have begun to arrive had flustered him badly. He liked ...
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What is this tutorial style called? "Now you're going to do x."

When someone (typically from the USA) is making a tutorial video and they say: "Now you're going to go to the home screen and you're going to press X. Now you're going to click the white button ...
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When having different quantities in a list, should you write all of the quantities out or use numerals if previous cases used numerals? [duplicate]

Let's say that I want to write out that a platoon of soldiers has 15 enlisted men and 2 officers. If I wrote "They were part of a company of 200 soldiers" in a preceding part of the text, ...
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Modern usage of the word 'hearken'

I'm doing some translation work and would like to use the word 'hearken' as the original piece (Chinese) has a religious and traditional feel to it. Question: Would the sentence, "Such an ...
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Grammaticality of "Where go the hours"

In a recent comic by Poorly Drawn Lines, I came across the following sentences : Where go the hours? Where go the days? Son of a gun, where do go they? Though the last sentence is clearly jokingly ...
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"Too great of a [risk]" OR "Too great a [risk]"? [duplicate]

First, I want to emphasize that my question is general. I want your answer regarding all of the cases in the following sentence stractures: [Adjective] + of + [Noun] (For example: It is too great of ...
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Simple Abbreviation Confusion

You know that a lot of words can be abbreviated like: You know -> y'know About -> 'bout Going to -> gonna and much more To be honest, I found one interesting abbreviation: Of course ->...
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What’s the most practical punctuation for this simple sentence? [closed]

I know this seems rudimentary, but it’s tripping me up for some reason. Yuck. Mushrooms are gross. I feel the period creates to much of a pause and strays too far away from the emphasis I want on ...
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Name for this grammatical construction in literary English? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in literary English, and especially (if I'm not mistaken) in dialogue attributions, there are two ways to attach an adverbial clause to an action depending on whether a connecting ...
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Remove duplicate use of "and" with different strengths? [closed]

I wrote the following sentence in English: Part of a development group responsible for releasing security solutions for Google’s Security product and investigating devices while understanding their ...
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Object + subject + verb pattern [closed]

I have problems with the following pattern Object + subject + verb + preposition. For example, the simple sentence, Things I’ve been struggling with. The idea is that I'm not sure if that pattern is ...
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'will/be going to' confusion

If Erik phones, I'll let you know. If Erik phones, I'm going to let you know. Is there any difference in meaning? My grammar book says it does, but the explanation is confusing. It says: However, we ...
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Improving readability and comprehensibility of sentences in which a relative clause separates the subject and predicate

I want to bring more readability and structure in my sentences. I often write sentences in the following format / structure: To incorporate A which can be seen as B with something of C (c.f. Sect. X) ...
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Using periods instead of conjunctions or semi-colons [closed]

Is there a name for this style when you prefer using periods instead of conjunctions or semi-colons? For example, the following paragraph could use more conjunctions or semi-colons, but the author ...
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Is this a grammatical construction?

There is a construction rule I often find myself reaching for of the form: so X a Y Where "X" is an adjective and "Y" a noun. E.g. I had never encountered so bold a claim I am ...
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juxtaposition of adverbials

Consider the following succession of sentences: Everyone struggles. Inevitably everyone struggles. Everyone inevitably struggles. At certain times, everyone struggles. Everyone struggles at certain ...
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Question: Is it social democracy or Social democracy or Social Democracy? AP style [closed]

Sentence 1: Similarily though he carried out many useful administrative reforms, in a vain effort to combat Social Democracy he seriously interefered with the liberty of public meeting and attempted ...
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Use of "paper" / "study" / ... in scientific publications

In my research paper I used the phrase "this paper" to refer to the one I am writing and sometimes I write "the [other] paper" to refer to some other paper. The editor replaced &...
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Is "we contribute ..." bad style in scientific writing?

In my paper I am writing a couple of times We contribute ... for example First, we contribute a new definition for the problem and then a formula for xy. My editor has removed all the "...
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Should I use a semicolon or a comma after a semicolon-separated list?

I have a list of items separated by semicolons, because the items themselves contain commas. If this were a comma-separated list, I would offset it from the rest of the sentence with a comma, but I'm ...
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Usage of "not [adjective] yet" inside a sentence

I have studied the usage of "(not) yet" in sentences, but I could not find this specific case: In the sentence "The process is not ready yet for this user" is the usage for "...
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'(s)' or '/s' at the end of a word to denote one or many [duplicate]

(It's so difficult to google this.) As in, "I will look at the document(s) later". I've seen both used, I used to use '/s', but have replaced it with '(s)'. Which is (more) correct?
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Are phrases like "This thesis develops" good writing style?

`Hi, I am writing my thesis. In this thesis I am using the phrases "this thesis develops a new method for..." I am not sure if this is considered a good writing style or even wrong. What I ...
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Is "Thus" stilted at the beginning of a sentence?

I'm French, and my students keep using "thus" at the beginning of sentences, which is close to "ainsi, ...", very much used in French. It's a way of rounding up their paragraph. ...
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Which one is more correct? "a plaintiff pro se" or "a pro se plaintiff"?

"Pro se" is Latin for "for self", or "for himself". Therefore it makes more sense to me to use it in English as in "a plaintiff pro se". However I have seen ...
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Are such sentence constructions acceptable?

The structure of the following sentence struck me as odd. So large was his mouth that he could fit his entire fist inside—an antic that drew hysterical laughter at drinking bouts during the bloody ...
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What are some alternatives to parenthetical statements?

What are some good alternatives to parenthetical statements in writing? I notice that I tend to use (or rather, overuse) parenthetical statements when writing. Often, the parenthetical statements ...
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How first statement feels more natural, when both statements are conveying the same information?

I am new to English language, while revising I was paraphrasing the 1st statement and got the 2nd. What I don't understand is WHY the 1st statement feels more natural while reading them when both ...
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Is this a shift in tense?

I'm having a problem understanding tense shifts. Take for example: Pittsburgh Public managed to hold to this tradition once again by bringing this ageless piece of musical theater to life with ...
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Comma after "perhaps" at the end of the sentence

Which one is correct? I. "This is the worst day in this month, perhaps the worst in my life." II. "This is the worst day in this month. Perhaps the worst in my life." Should we ...
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Poetic meter/foot clarification [duplicate]

Is there a term for a poetic foot with unstressed/stressed/unstressed (i.e. "da-DA-da") syllables?
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Is "Behind this lowland is a dead end." grammatically correct?

Is "Behind this lowland is a dead end." grammatically correct? I'm also wondering about the difference in meaning and delivery between this sentence and "There is a dead end behind this ...
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Are phrases of the form "A <possession> of <name>'s" grammatically correct?

I recently found myself about to write "David, using a metaphor of Saul's, said...", with the intended meaning that Saul had coined the metaphor (rather than it being a metaphor involving ...
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What or who is the source of the proscription on contractions in formal writing?

I couldn't find this exact question, though obviously there are many related questions around using contractions. I write academic work in a field where contractions are accepted but rare, and no ...
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correctness of "and the smallest last" vs "and the smallest, last"

Which is correct? If both are correct, is one more correct than the other? The largest pixie should be eaten first, and the smallest last. The largest pixie should be eaten first, and the smallest, ...
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Correct usage of preposition "of" with month and year only

I've been researching like crazy a definitive source for determining whether I can correctly and properly use the preposition "of" to write the month and year only. I located one source, the ...
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If I use the word "enumerated", must the list be numeric or can it be bullet points?

If I use the word "enumerated" in writing, must the list I am enumerating be numeric or can it be bullet points?
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'I am an M.A in History from XYZ university' - Is it correct way to refer myself?

I was writing my cover letter for applying some where. I have done my Master's in History from XYZ university. How can I refer my self ? My Attempt : I was thinking to refer my self as a Postgraduate ...
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Omitting a comma before "aka" and then using a serial comma in the end of a series [closed]

When we use also known as as aka, we don't precede it with a comma. John Smith aka Big Nose was a famous <...> But what about the case where aka is followed by items in a series? Given name ...
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"someone satisfied /pleased / ??? with the situation" expression - is the correct way to say that? [closed]

I have the following phrase: A student just learnt that he failed an important exam. To what extent do you think he is satisfied/pleased/??? with this situation? I need that the answer to this ...
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Is repeating the section title in the first sentence good writing style? [closed]

In a number of structure formats I am very tempted to re-state the title of sections in the first section, i.e. if the given section is “Expected Results”, I tend to want to start by saying “The ...
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Is there a name for the literary device of having multiple speakers alternating in the same paragraph?

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis has: . . . Lucy could only say, "It would break your heart." "Why," said I, "was it so sad?" "Sad!! No," said ...
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When speaking of an archetypical kind of person, should plurals use "s" or " 's "?

What's the best way (for reader experience) to achieve the following? Let's say I am defining some kind of archetype, based on Eduardo Saverin (Facebook cofounder) ,and I call it an "Eduardo"...
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