Questions tagged [style]

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Should I use Present or Past perfect for describing a case in a figure?

I have this sentence Figure 2 shows a screenshot of a dialogue for creating an anchor. In this dialogue, the anchor ( has been / is / was ?) specified by a text pattern. I don't want to say how ...
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Is using “general plan of structure” appropriate in biology?

I'm reading now a book (which was written by a non-native English speaker) that states under the title of the topic: "general plan of structure of the digestive tube" The chapter there explains ...
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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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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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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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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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Can the verb 'leave' be attributed to a situation?

Can a situation "leave" someone in some state? Would saying that be a good style in English or would it be non-idiomatic and confusing instead? For example: Many times his classmates would ...
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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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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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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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Hyphen between words

Does AP Style recommend a hyphen between the words philosophically-inclined? I have searched several editing and grammar sites and still do not know the correct answer.
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“Had + object + P.P.” Vs “Had + P.P. + object”

SOURCE: A game of thrones The breath of man and horse mingled, steaming, in the cold morning air as his lord father had the man cut down from the wall and dragged before them. Is it a ...
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Is it okay to start a sentence with “There is” especially when concluding a paragraph?

Is it okay to start a sentence with "There is" especially when concluding a paragraph? Example: There is a resemblance between the Flashlight song and my parents because they specifically serve as ...
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Writing in “First person implied”

As far as I know a pronoun "I" is usually omitted when personal achievements are being described (writing in "First person implied"). For example it's better to write: Performed a review of the ...