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The sentence you've written is both overstuffed and underdefined. It tries to make an argument that could easily fill at least a paragraph; but it omits crucial details that would give the argument force and clarity, and it creates needless ambiguity in its placement of one particular phrase. In reading the sentence Companies spend 65% of their profits on ...


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I've now found an instance of what I was looking for in this book written 182 years ago, in 1839. This is from page 14: In the establishment of the new States the navigation of rivers is declared to be at all times free to all citizens of the United States, without payment of any tolls or duties; and at the admission of Louisiana as a State in 1812 it was a ...


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"Then" is a time-dependent referent. "There" is a location-dependent referent. Since "past" is also a time-referent, "then" would be correct, for sake of consistency.


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As another fan of @SvenYargs's masterful answers I'm hesitant to offer this alternative, but am posting in case this answer potentially offers any additional insight. I've written this as an iterative series of minor modifications accompanied by descriptions of each change. This is for demonstrative purposes and despite the facts that it leads to a few ...


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The following extract from M-W suggests that the erroneous usage of unchartered instead of uncharted is sometime found in expression such as unchartered territory: The adjective uncharted describes something that is not recorded or plotted on a map, chart, or plan. Uncharted waters are those parts of the ocean that have never been mapped, or in some cases ...


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This ngram compares some apparently unrelated data. The timeline starts at 1960, and ends 2019. It seems to show an increase in many expressions relating to "on the cusp" starting roughly 1995, correspondingly with "Y2K"; and then increasing incrementally with my baseline ("on the way") , even though"Y2K" usage ...


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It depends on the context the other person the formality of the situation Now, I have no idea if you left the comment only as "very golden" or if you said something like "this answer is great! It is golden, very golden indeed." If you only left a comment consisting of the two words, "very" and "golden", then it is ...


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The term of art is that you are "Burying the lead". The final idea is your biggest claim, your main point is actually the last word. It may work to get a reader to turn the page but not as a succinct display of a claim. Just like a good lecture or other presentation you need to organize a sentence to get the message across properly. For that the ...


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Companies spend 65% of their profits on buying back their shares because CEOs are incentivised to jack up the share price of their stocks through hefty bonuses. I would change this to Companies spend 65% of their profits on buying back their shares because hefty bonuses incentivize CEOs to jack up the share price of their stocks. But the real problem is that ...


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