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How can I avoid using so many "e.g." in my school writing?

Do you definitely have to use an explicit "e.g." and must it always be in parentheses? The example sentence can be written without either: Students rely on friends, classmates, coworkers and ...
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"You'll be hoping for a bit more from the new player, I suppose." Why the future continuous?

Hope is a concept related to expectations and desires for the future, so most expressions of hope are about the future whenever present or future tense is used. The statements "I hope for a bit ...
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Does the spelling of suffixes change in some cases like prefixes?

It depends on how you define suffixes. You could say that notoriety and spontaneity end in the same suffix spelled two different ways (-ety and -ity). The very common suffix -(e)s also changes based ...
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Can you give an example of reentrancy?

Without studying the subject and after a quick Google search, this seems to be an example: The above comes from: Mapping between English Strings and Reentrant Semantic Graphs Fabienne Braune1, ...
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How to use "which when" in a sentence?

"Which when" is not a phrase on its own. It's an awkward combination of words you get when you sandwich two clauses together. In your example, if you add commas, it becomes obvious the two clauses ...
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Word to describe someone that has posted "proof"

It does not exactly fit the bill, but I suggest pseudo-scientist MW pseudo-science noun A system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific
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What is " x– direction " and " y-direction "?

One method of saying x-direction is left-right; y-direction would be up-down; there is also variation of this same thing: "left or right" , "left and right" / "up or down"...
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"You'll be hoping for a bit more from the new player, I suppose." Why the future continuous?

In this construction, the purpose of the progressive is to ensure that the question is not understood as a request; it 'softens' it, as it were. Discussion Here is a relevant section of CGEL (pp. 171-...
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What are some examples of the phrase "being thus made"?

Thus is rather formal and is often used in any formal texts, such as philosophical, religious, scientific treatises or in literature. I understand why you are asking this question. It is also possible ...
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Enumerating reasons or examples with "for one"

Let's start start with three discussions of for one: Collins You can use for one to emphasize that a particular person is definitely reacting or behaving in a particular way, even if other people are ...
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Parable for an impossible idea or business plan

You can use the expression castles in the air meaning: plans that have very little chance of happening. Cambridge Dictionary)
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Parable for an impossible idea or business plan

An established expression for this is pie in the sky: From Merriam-Webster: : an unrealistic enterprise or prospect of prosperity And from Lexico (Oxford), which provides example sentences: Used to ...
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the use of "of"

From your comments, you are asking if "country of will" and "will of country" are interchangeable. They are not. Your example: "War is a country of will, there’s no room for ...
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One word for a reward that will not be given

I think that the carrot and stick metaphor illustrates the point you want to make: The phrase "carrot and stick" is a metaphor for the use of a combination of reward and punishment to induce a ...
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Issue in this reading comprehension passage - do subsequent statements counter the original statement?

You are correct that there is an issue with the answer exactly as it's written. There is a difference between feeling something to be the case, and something actually being the case. In the passage, ...
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Where and how should I place the punctuation marks in this sentence?

[James] Iris did not have a job—unless panhandling could be considered one, in which case he was wholly employed. There should be no stop immediately after case, because in which case he was wholly ...
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Can I use "for example" after a colon?

The use of a colon is to name something or give clarifying examples of it in the form of list items. As for usage rules, Mignon Fogarty discusses them in her article "How to use one punctuation ...
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When offering a list of examples that is 3-4 items long in parenthesis, how is it formatted?

I have two comments. There is no need for a comma after 'e.g.' (in i and I), but there is a need for a space. I don't like the 'and' in the list as it seems to finalize something that is only an ...
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