Questions tagged [writing-style]

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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How to write “smart” “phone” in British English? [duplicate]

In British English, how do you write smartphone? Is it: Smart phone Smart-phone Smartphone
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Can we begin a sentence with “Meanwhile, however, …”? [closed]

Is the following sentence properly written? Meanwhile, however, the region appears to be going through a phase of extreme vulnerability, when traditional livelihoods have collapsed and ...
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Where do I break the first paragraph of an enumeration with two introductory sentences?

I am currently trying to achieve a better organization of my paragraphs. Usually improvements are fairly simple, but I do not know how to deal with one pattern that appears repeatedly. Consider this ...
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Do all paragraphs have to be narrtive in narrative essays? [closed]

In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative? For example, the introduction, the body and the concluding paragraphs are all narrative paragraphs. What if I started the ...
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“doing sports” or “when doing sports”

I came across the following sentence: "Appropriate equipment and being focused on training are always the most vital aspects when doing sports" My question is: Is "when" necessary here? Can I just ...
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Correct use of Though

Is it correct or acceptable to begin a sentence with "though" followed by a comma? By that, I mean something like "Though, I like red." Is that usage acceptable, and is "though" always preferred to be ...
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A way to describe/categorize music that would rhyme/alliterate with each day of the week [closed]

Good day, apologies for the rather confusing title. My friends and I came up with an idea and started a music appreciation day for each day of the week. The idea is that each day has an assigned genre ...
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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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Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Please explain how a stative verb and a dynamic verb can have the same subject without breaking parallel construction. How correct and reasonable is this: I travel around the world and enjoy flying,...
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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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Doubt about plurals in a sentence

I often find myself in this situation. I try to describe my time with something, but it doesn't come out sounding right to me. Specifically, in this instance I'm trying to describe my time with ...
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Does this sentence require a comma (+ is the meaning there…)?

Modifying the causal account so that instead of deriving explanandum E from law L and true premises P, we derive P from E and L, produces strongly counterintuitive conclusions. I'm hoping you can ...
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Conjunction vs comma for creative writing [closed]

Mark is crying, sitting in the middle of the hall. Mark is sitting in the middle of the hall and crying. I know both sentences are grammatically correct. But which is good for creative writing?
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Using an adjective with a series of nouns — “a broken nose, jaw and ribs” [closed]

An alleged burglar was left with a broken nose, jaw and ribs after US rapper-actor LL Cool J confronted the intruder in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home, prosecutors said Thursday. In the above ...
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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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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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It should be used **with** in this paragraph?

Should be used with in this paragraph to indicate the contribution that she could do by studying a specific master's program? Using water is necessary but it needs to be done carefully to avoid ...
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Word order (just style or grammar)?

I'm a German and thus speak a language that theoretically allows much more freedom in word order than English. But see... Also it will be shown that... It also will be shown that... It ...
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Alternatives to the Colon

I find that I use the colon far too often in my writing. Specifically, I use the following construction too often: statement: explanation or example Here are some concrete versions of this: ...
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Is this sentence understandable? “Gained the most points every round in 50+ games”

I'm writing some in-game descriptions for various challenges. One of the challenges is to win 50 games, whilst also having the most points in every round of said games. I arrived at this formulation:...
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Is this use of en dash legitimate? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, how do you understand the en dash? Our findings are very interesting from an international viewpoint – business tourism. Is the use of the en dash appropriate here? ...
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Using incomplete sentences after semi-colons (list-style writing)

Is it possible to use incomplete sentences after semi-colons when you are writing partial clauses that are continuations of a previous clause that you don't want to repeat? Basically the clauses are a ...
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Referring to two sections

What is the proper way to refer to two sections in a single sentence (in a scientific text)? In particular, should I use the word section twice, or should I use sections. If I use sections should I ...
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Usage of “an” before nouns beginning with an “h” where that “h” is not silent [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? Such as an heinous crime an hideous monstrosity an hallucination This always looks wrong to me. I ...
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Could anybody scan through my cover letter? [closed]

English is not my native language, so I could write some not idiomatic expressions which are hard to detect for me. I am writing to apply for the position of summer intern at the Boston Group. I have ...
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usage of “and” in listing items, especially in cases where it is repeated

Please see the statement below: Hyphenate all compound numbers between twenty-one and ninety-nine, and fractions less than one. In the above case, the first "and" is past of the first item in the ...
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Isn't this rude? Or am I wrong? [closed]

I recently saw this statement when I unsubscribed an email from DiGi. We're sorry to see you leave (but you know where to find us again for the latest information, hot updates and news!) Isn't ...
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Correcting information in original text

I am publishing historical letters. My research has uncovered some mistakes (e.g. name Jackson instead of Johnson). I'd like to retain the original text, but supply the correct information. I'd like ...
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Starting a chapter with ellipsis

Say there's a chapter with a title that ends in an ellipsis and then continued from there in the body text, like so: DON'T HURT ANIMALS... ...or kill them for that matter. Blah blah blah. In cases ...
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Everybody knows that […] VS Everyone knows that […] [closed]

I was wondering if we should use one expression rather than the other? For example the sentence could be: Everybody knows that global warming is an important problem Or Everyone knows that ...
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“The aims are promoting and protecting” vs. “the aims are to promote and protect”

Which of the following two constructions is correct? and why? Some of the important aims of the UNO are to promote peace and protect human rights. Some of the important aims of the UNO are ...
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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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Pagination: Reference to page numbered in format of This Page Number/Total Number of Pages [closed]

What is the standard way to refer to a page numbered in a format like This Page Number/Total Number of Pages? For example, the top of the page I want to refer to shows “312/1250” Which of the ...
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What ways do you describe changing from existence to non-existence?

In a paper, I need to talk about things "coming into and leaving" existence multiple times. I feel this phrase is clumsy and there are definitely better ways of saying it that I just can't think of ...
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How to write in a scientific way? [closed]

Could anybody help me in rephrasing these sentences in a scientific way? Both d1 and d2 perform well under sparse vegetation (LAI<1), for LAI larger than 1, d1 (with almost constant performances ...
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Possibly convoluted sentence, but is it correct? [closed]

I saw this sentence in an email — is it actually correct? In light of the time and effort you have spent and may otherwise continue to spend on dealing with their repeated requests for assistance, ...
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“Hispanic were X persons” vs. “Hispanic numbered X persons”

! Is the following sentence from Wikipedia poor style or even ungrammatical? The 2010 United States Census reported that San Jose had a population of 945,942. The population density was 5,256.2 ...
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Why do we “test” pupils on “rules” of English when English has no legal standards board? [closed]

English is a fluid language. So, of course, we want to teach kids to write, but what's the point of grading them on it? Absent a board of standard dictated by law as exists for some other languages, ...

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