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Using “no” to emphasize a negative statement

We say something like He is no ordinary human being. This phrasing gives the negative more emphasis than usually given by negation device "not" He is not an ordinary human being. It is this ...
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Enhancing unclear sentence

I feel that this sentence is awkward, The nature of convergences of topological relations of plane adjacencies, allowing for the reconstruction of roof corner geometries with preserved ...
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Why make a suggestion rather than asserting it?

A few days ago, I posted a question in a different community where I observed an interesting piece of sentence. Here's the link. In the first comment: "there's a lot of restrictions on using ...
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“he was badmouthing”

In the review of Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 the author gives some examples of a allegedly bad writing and poor style of the biography. Here is one example. Lenin was “...
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Avoiding subject repetition in the body of a business letter

I've been attending translation courses, and our business writing teacher has been drilling us to avoid the repetition of subject nouns referring to the sender (a company, as a rule) - not in some ...
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Which pair of sentences sounds better?

Well, I'm stuck on some sentence construction. So, which of the following pairs of sentences sounds better to you? I am writing in response to your advertisement on your website. Regarding ...
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Is 'Thanks to' a Gallicism to be avoided?

I wrote the following sentence describing how a floating window is docked inside a parent window on a program's user interface It usually shares this space with ArcMap’s TOC thanks to a tab at its ...
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Sentences of the form “the x, the y”

I am writing my bachelor thesis in English and currently have a problem with expressions of the form "the x, the y", where x and y are quite long. When reading the following sentence I produced, I am ...
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when to use “will” and “may” in a sentence.

Should I use "will" or "may" in the following sentence: I'm not planning on leaving the country any time soon, but you just don't know when a passport may/will come in handy"? One issue raised ...
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How should I punctuate a list of predicates which all have the same subject?

I'm writing a list for responsibilities of reviewers. All sentences in the list start with "Reviewers should/must/who/...". Is there a punctuation rule that fits this situation and allows me to omit ...
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'not only reflected …, but also the fact that …'

I found this sentence: Margaret Thatcher’s legendary nickname Laura Norder not only reflected her political preferences, but also the fact that, like most of her compatriots, she pronounces law and ...
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Same word used multiple times in a sentence

Sentences like the following sound strange to me, and I somehow "feel" they are incorrect. I will be in the room in 10 minutes. I will go to New York to meet my friend. Is it correct to use the ...
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Using “of” or apostrophe, which is more common?

Sometimes when I write, for example, "the boundaries of segments", I am suggested to use "segments' boundaries" or even "segment boundaries". Or "the page's content" vs. "the content of the page" vs....
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Omission a part of sentence

I wrote this sentence: The resulting rulesets are organized in a hierarchical fashion to make it possible to share the rules for extracting content from similar websites. Can I remove part of it ...
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is this subject repetition incorrect or just inelegant?

the incriminated sentence is the following, from this article. Notice the repeated "it's": The company is planning to introduce its SUV Model X next month, it’s designing its Model 3 car, it’s ...
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Is it formal to use “Usually” in the begining of the sentence

For example They are characterized by the amount of automation or the flexibility they provide. Usually, the more automation a method provides the less flexible it becomes.
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“He became, as the Guinness Book of World Records called him” - is it okay to repeat the pronoun?

Is "him" required in the following sentence? Little confused. He became, as the Guinness Book of World Records called him, "the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world."
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Using 'prepositional phrase' at the end

Can we omit "at that contract" at the end of the following sentence? I was signed to a contract at Disney for $75 a week but lasted only 18 months [at that contract].
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Should I change the position of these clauses to make the sentence fluent

I wrote this sentence in an article (scientific) In order to force the students to rely on their phonics knowledge, instead of depending on their memory, to do the tests, the teacher can add some ...
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Using 'it' at the end of a sentence

Is it okay, if we don't use it at the end? Just curious. This book is the perfect companion for those who need inspiration in a quick read and have fun while reading [it].
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How to use the terms we devise in an article?

In an article I defined a term which may not correspond to its general meaning. I devised the term "context" in order to describe an algorithm on the source of a Web page: After introducing some ...
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Should there be a comma in “In this talk, I will …”?

Should there be a comma when I write: "In this talk, I will briefly explain how to safely build a computer from scratch."
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“a hundred” vs. “a hundred of”

What is the difference between these two sentences? 1) I have interviewed more than a hundred of the greatest politicians, artists … 2) I have interviewed more than a hundred politicians, artists …
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Failure Vs. Inability

Only one painting by Van Gogh was sold during his lifetime. What would be the best sentence to describe that? 1) He could sell only one painting during his lifetime. 2) He couldn't sell more than ...
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How much information should I jam into a sentence

Are there any guidelines for the amount of information which should be present in a sentence? Consider the following sentences: In this section we describe the algorithm for data extraction from a ...
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How much the pronoun “it”, or “them” is common in formal writing

I don't know why, but somehow I don't like "it" or "them" as a pronoun in a formal writing (e.g. in a scientific article) Is it just my style or is it common? specially for the prepositional phrases ...
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Which goes in parentheses? An abbreviation or a full form?

When we provide the full name of a term, and define its abbreviation, which one goes in parentheses? The full form or the abbreviation? I have observed both! If both are OK, which one is more formal? ...
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As is , as it stands & as it is

Is there a difference, if any, between as is, as it stands, as it is? The FreeDictionary states the following: as it stands: as something is now, without changes to it The law as it stands is ...
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Phrase choice: “lay/were lying” vs. “were laid (out)”

We helped ourselves to the snacks that lay on the table. We helped ourselves to the snacks that were laid (out) on the table. The first sentence notes the position of the snacks with no mention ...
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Is “Which test or tests would you give him to do” considered a correct sentence?

Because I'm not a native English speaker, I have a habit before I publish a sentence: I google it to see its frequency in the world. In this case I just googled the words: "would you give him" ...
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Is this funny or correct or…; [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Yet, I make up "punish" proverbs while sleeping. Here is one: "Who exists exits." Don't hesitate, tell me the truth. Application for reopening; Edited (I had ...
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“The Collins French Gem Grammar” and “Collins French Gem Grammar” — why use an article?

Source: The Collins French Gem Grammar offers the learner of French extensive coverage of French grammar in a compact, portable format with a clear, colour layout. Collins French Gem Grammar has ...
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Too many independent clauses?

Can I have thoughts on this sentence? I worry that the clauses are too many or that the positioning of 'would' is awkward. On other other hand, Common Law, which at this point has infiltrated ...
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How can I ask “What's up” in aristocratic style?

I need to write a letter in an old manner. I suppose like the beginning of the 19th century. So what was the regular phrase to get a news?
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When should I use capital letters after a colon? [duplicate]

Example: "Your head of department called," she said. That was what I liked about my mom: S/she never bothered with greetings. Straight to the point. "You've been absent for two weeks. What's ...
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A resume can have a title as RESUME? [closed]

I hear from different sources that a resume should not have the title 'RESUME' Can any one please clarify this formality please?
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A question about the sentence structures of the following examples

I need help in choosing between the constructs 'is' and 'to be' I am trying to say: Now that I have argued that there is a research need, I would like to fill something of a gap by . . . The ...
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Performing several actions on the same thing - “(verb) it, (verb) it and (verb) it” OR “(verb), (verb) and (verb) it.”

I was writing some answers on other SE communities, when I find myself writing: Test it, learn from it and improve it. 1) Is it okay the repetead use of "it"? 2) Are there cases when it is ...
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How to introduce diversion in a paper

In a paper I am writing, there is a large section which diverts from the main topic in order to explain some mathematical concepts. I would like to introduce this section in a sentence such as the ...
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Usage of word ME with nouns

I found a strange usage of word ME reading one book and I wonder what the author means. I thought this could be a misspelling of word MY but it happens alot. Or is it a special addition to show that ...
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To Google something: capitalize or not?

I have a small question about the usage of Google as a verb. Is it always capitalized, even as a verb? For instance: I Googled his name and I got hundreds of results. Now, I am aware that this is ...
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Using the comma separator before 'such that'

I am wondering should I always use a comma before using 'such that' or not? sentence 1 , such that sentence 2. More clearly, I just wrote the following sentences in order to lighten the point, ...
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Title capitalization of hyphenated words

I always see the following titles differently and I want to know about what is the proper capitalization of title words when joined by a hyphen (dash): Object-[o]riented Programming or ...
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What writing styles should I follow for my SOP(Statement of Purpose) to Graduate schools in The States. [closed]

I'm aware of these 4 writing styles Expository Writing Descriptive Writing Persuasive Writing Narrative Writing I have about 2 years to improve and write proficiently. Is there a particular writing ...
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When is “'s” needed after a possessive “of”? [duplicate]

From a dictionary and a usage guide, I learnt that these phrases are OK: the home of a schoolteacher the sister of the Duke of Urbino a friend of my mother's a cousin of Lorna Cook'...
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Can I start a sentence with 'and'

Is it appropriate to start a sentence with 'and'? We like to do it in my language. It emphasizes that the action in the sentence is a continuation of the previous. And it makes the flow of ideas more ...
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Omitting repeated words like “have”, “has” and “his”

His veins have become distended, muscles tightened, the teeth grown a little like claws, and his face has become rough. This sentence describes what changes in appearance have happened to a person ...
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Joining two sentences. I wrote six versions, but not satisfied

I'm new to writing. English is not my native. I'm so confused. I wrote six versions of the same sentence, but still I feel none of them is good. I don't know what's wrong exactly, but I feel like very ...
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Does the following sentence have redundancy?

"There are loads you can lift by the strength of the natural power with which you are born" Is the phrase "the strength of your natural power" redundant, or 'too literary?' Thank you!
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How to tell a professor “I read your paper and I enjoyed to read it”?

When I write an email to a professor asking a question about one of his publications, what is a proper way to say that I loved the paper / enjoyed reading it? "I enjoyed reading your paper from year ...