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"while" and punctuation to indicate contrast

Are the following sentences okay? If any one is incorrect, please indicate why: a. The lion symbolizes strength, while the lamb, gentleness. b. The lion symbolizes strength; the lamb, gentleness. c....
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contributed to the fact that

Which of the following versions better conforms to stylistic conventions? a. The incident contributed to the passage of a blanket prohibition on abortion that would take effect next year. b. The ...
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With or without apostrophe: The Modal Analysis of Snowflakes' Wake Flows

I am about to print my Master Thesis and I am a bit confused with the title. My supervisors didn't mention anything so I wanted to ask if the title is grammatically correct. In the thesis, I have four ...
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Well-founded or wellfounded? [closed]

Both of the the terms are used in some mathematical literature, especially on set theory. Is one of them preferable to the other?
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"A story by Jane" vs. "Jane's story" when we talk about very simple documents

For more information about [...], see Book Title by John Doe. For more information about [...], see John Doe's Book Title As far as I know, both versions are correct, but the first is more formal ...
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"Continual" if something undesirable happens or exists without stopping

If you are describing something undesirable which continues to happen or exist without stopping, it is better to use continual rather than continuous. Life for her was a continual struggle because she ...
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Cancel(l)ed vs cancellation

cancel, vb., makes canceled and canceling in AmE. Yet, in cancellation the -l- is doubled (-ll-) because the accent falls on the third syllable. It's etymology is Can·ce(l)·la·tion Mid-16th c. Latin ...
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Sentence adverbs and the user's attitude

According to Disjunct_(linguistics) [S]entence adverbs convey the mood, attitude or sentiments of the speaker. Yet, Sentence adverbs form a completely standard aspect of English grammar, but there ...
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mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons [closed]

mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons BACKGROUND Many pregnant persons in the United States are receiving messenger RNA (mRNA) coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, but data are ...
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An increase of/in serotonin [duplicate]

Are both options correct? If so, are there some subtle differences between those? An increase of serotonin An increase in serotonin Thank you!
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That "that" - when use it?

I never understood the difference between I prove 1+1=2 I prove that 1+1=2 Likewise umpty more similar sentence pairs. When is "that" mandatory, when is it only a matter of style, and ...
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Underscoring the fact that a thing is just in the same state as the one mentioned earlier

I always find myself in trouble when I am trying to underscore the fact that some thing, as opposed to some other earlier mentioned thing, is in just the same status or situation. Interestingly, I don’...
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Does the following passage sound formal enough? [closed]

I'm organising a yoga retreat and longing to write a nice shiny overview of the program. Does the following sound stylistically appropriate to your ears? Tetyana is educated in South India and ...
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The awards testify to the quality / The awards are testimony to the quality -- is there any difference?

Is there a difference between give testimony (or just "are testimony) and testify in the marketing promotional text context? The awards that the company won at the 100 Best Goods of Russia ...
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The shadows ahead

"High above this quagmire of violence rise the sunny plateaus of Eden, casting their shadows before." The wording is meant deliberately ambiguous. It opens a paragraph about a group of ...
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Can the articles be omitted (in those 2 cases)?

I have two sentences where I am not sure, whether I can omit an article or not. This is maybe bordering on stylistic choice: "The rising sea quenched the fires of the last great war and the ...
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"mini-skydiver" vs "miniskydiver."

Example sentence: The cockroach fell to the floor like a mini-skydiver and scurried out of the bathroom. Some style guides say that you shouldn't use a hyphen with the prefix "mini." But I ...
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Is it correct to use "meeting" this way?

Is it correct to use "meeting" this way? or it should be replaced by holding? The authorities in our country want to hire people with experience and beyond the average qualities, as is the ...
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"on this matter" or " in this regard" here?

In addition to the main question, it is master or master's more appropriated here? .On the other hand, graduated with a master’s that provides the latest strategies to tackle agricultural-associated ...
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Quotation marks are necessary in this context?

Moreover, they are causing the disappearing of several Punos, which are endemic wetlands of my region vital to the wildlife. Karachi is where my family and I plan to keep living , but due to the ...
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Are hyphens required in this case? [duplicate]

I am wondering whether I have to use hyphens in this case? I haven't used them before in the text this sentence is included in, but they seem necessary here. or maybe I could just avoid them? ....
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How to drive the attention to the phrase I am interested in without making it too long?

Is it the necessary before authorities? I have found the word authorities is used with and without it, so I am not sure. I want to drive the attention to the phrase: she can demonstrate the ...
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It is correct to avoid mention explicity the subject here?

Is it better to use Despite she received or Despite receiving here? I am trying to add variety to my writing by avoiding repeating so many times the subject. However, I am not sure whether excluding ...
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Should you add an hyphen with un + foreign word?

I'm aware that you should add an hyphen in un-American and not add a hyphen in unstylish. How about when it's a foreign word and, therefore, you're creating a new usage? Talking to my parents is the ...
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What is the order of singular and plural pronouns in the same sentence?

What's the order to be followed in case of pronouns where there are 2 third person subjects, one being plural and one singular. For example You, David, them and I are invited for the party. Or will ...
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What is the right way to cite a source?

I have included some data in the text. I would like to add a line to give information about the source of the data. My question is, what is the right way to do it? The following are some possible ways ...
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Should All or Most Words in a Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange Question be Capitalized?

I thought all or a majority of words need to be capitalized when it's a title. The form that I fill out to ask a question on here says title and after the question is submitted it's displayed using a ...
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The use of italics

I know it's about style and you like to close such questions (don't), but what are some general recommendations concerning the use of italics? More specifically, what proper nouns should I italicize? ...
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When do I hyphenate compound nouns used as adjectives?

For example, is the correct phrase English-language journals or English language journals?
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Using "accounts" in reference to failed attempts

Is it idiomatic in English to use the noun "accounts" in reference to some failed attempts? For example, Henry is a very quiet and passive student that even looks sleepy while in my class. ...
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Style of writing inside a manual

I would like to ask about the style of English that is used (or has to be used) for a technical manual. In other languages it seems to be different, but I have read many technical books in English ...
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Word order involving a "cup of coffee"

1) Joan joins Tim at the table with a cup of coffee. 2) Joan joins Tim at the table, with a cup of coffee. 3) Joan, carrying a cup of coffee, joins Tim at the table. 4) Joan joins Tim at the table, ...
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Teacher said I write in a pompous register? Why? Could you help me understand? [closed]

Okay, so I've submitted a proposal to my teacher. I get the part that I've made inaccurately structured sentences, also I understand that I have missed to an extend the point of the given task. But I ...
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Is there a stylistically neutral synonym for 'interlocutor'?

interlocutor formal A person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation. (from here) If Lexico says some word is "formal", then it means it's formal AF (it flags them as such much rarer ...
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Is it obligatory to capitalize the word 'president' before a name (as in 'president Donald Trump')?

Gramarly insists on capitalizing: 'President Bill Clinton', 'President Donald Trump', etc. But I don't want to do it. Can I use a regular lowercase 'p'? (with respect, please give me a break from "...
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using two prepositions 'at' one after another

For the following sentence: Jack and Jenny arrive at school at 3:00 pm. If I wanted to ask a question about Jack and Jenny's particular place of arrival at specific point in time, which is 3:00 pm,...
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Does the expression 'on one's dime' have some usage limitations?

Does the expression 'on one's dime' have some usage limitations? I haven't found it in the Longman, Macmillan, or Lexico dictionaries so I don't see how I can figure that out otherwise. I found it in ...
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Talk something v. talk about something

Is there any difference between talk something and talk about something? (For example, 'talk politics' and 'talk about politics'.) Note, I'm talking about instances when the object is some topic, not ...
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"not currently" vs "currently not"

Stack Exchange is testing new close reason banners and say: Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. I do not speak English natively but this sounds strange ...
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Can I change the "being" into "is" in the sentence "This layout poses many dangers for the historian, not the least of which being...."

This layout poses many dangers for the serious historian, not the least of which being the scornful reception that academics - motivated partly by snobbish elitism but also by genuine concern over ...
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"So something," vs. "so something that" vs. "so something"

I've seen the three versions. The one with a comma, the one with "that," and the one with nothing: It was so big, it was scary. It was so big that Sampson had to drag it to her. Only it ...
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The reason I'm writing this email is to [closed]

I saw the following sentence at the start of an e-mail. While it is grammatical, I'd like know if it is natural. Dear Mr. Smith: The reason I'm writing this e-mail is to inform you of a change ...
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Why compound modifiers are not usually hyphenated when they come after the noun?

A lot of grammar references suggest that you hyphenate compound modifiers if they come before the noun but not after the noun. Here's an example: The apartment is off campus. VS That ...
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using "attribute" to connect result and the cause

Is it okay to use verb "attribute" when connecting some resultant situation with a person who might have caused it to happen? For example, The situation in our small company is deplorable. Profits ...
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Using "a far cry from" not for achievements

Is "a far cry from" used for describing situations, in which someone is trying to achieve some result? This phrase looks fine to me (though I am not sure): He was a far cry from being a school ...
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One common topic that has been discussed with increasing regularity

In the following passage, is "One common topic that has been discussed with increasing regularity" considered good style? Would it be advisable to rewrite it as "One increasingly common topic"? Also, ...
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Is "et al." one or two words?

I use et al. to refer to a paper with more than two authors. However, the word et got separated by a line (due to line end) and the word al. cam in the beginning of a new line. ... Authorname [end ...
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timeout vs. time-out vs. time out in British English

I have a term called time out which refers to the maximum amount of time the program will wait for a response, after which it will close the connection. I do not know how to spell it. There is the ...
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using 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable'

Is it okay to use the modifier 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable' in referense to children? I've been using "quite a vulnerable boy" for a very long time and have always found this phrase useful ...
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definitional clarity: the university of life

The following is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. What does "the person gaining formal qualifications" stand in opposition to? Is the definition considered clear by the standards of ...