133 Questions for the topic writing style

07/17/19

Is there a term for fiction authors whose writing style is technically the most important feature of their books?

I'm re-reading "Lolita" by **Vladimir Nabokov** right now, and I must say, the author is very consistent in never allowing himself merely to narrate: each paragraph, if not each sentence, is loaded... more

06/29/19

Relative pronouns after prepositions: is it okay to use them in speech?

Consider the following usages of relative pronouns: 1. The lecturer introduces a study *in which* participants were asked to choose one attractive picture. 1. At the university I met famous... more

06/29/19

Simplicity or Complexity, which is more important in speech and writing?

English or any other language could be written or spoken in both the forms, either the user could use simple words or he could use some technical words, my question regarding English is which has... more

06/27/19

Why did people sound differently when addressing the public in the early 1900s?

I notice that people used to speak not necessarily more clearly, or distinctly, but their voice had a certain 'choppiness' to it that you don't hear anymore... Unless the person doing the speaking... more

06/22/19

Streaks of sunlight make way through the holes in the roof. Is this correct grammar?

Streaks of sunlight make way through the holes in the roof.

06/21/19

Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence?

I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: - To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to... more

06/19/19

Is the phrase, "Use commas sparingly" a valid piece of advice?

I am currently in the process of collaboratively editing a research paper, and participated in a meeting about it today. During the discussion, the head of the group made a blanket statement about... more

06/18/19

When to use passive and active voice?

When is it better to use **passive** voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use **active** voice in writing and speech?

06/18/19

let you know a couple of facts OR bring couple of facts to your notice?

Which of the following is more appropriate / polite? I would like to bring a couple of facts (or things?) to your notice. OR I would like to let you know a couple of facts. Please advise.

06/17/19

Is it necessary to begin a new paragraph after a person speaks?

When I was in school, I was taught to always begin a new paragraph after a quotation or after a speaker concludes a segment of dialogue. However, in recent years, I have seen authors abandon this... more

06/17/19

Is an indentation needed for a new paragraph?

Is an indentation (Tab button in Word) needed for a new paragraph when you start one? I was told to do that a long time ago but 3 years after I stopped doing it and have done it since. Are you... more

06/17/19

When to use passive and active voice?

When is it better to use **passive** voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use **active** voice in writing and speech?

06/17/19

Is valediction in one line at the end of offical letter acceptable?

Is valediction in one line at the end of offical letter acceptable? For example: Sincerely yours, John Snow

04/27/19

User tutorial: to be written in first or second person?

I'm writing a user tutorial but I'm unsure as to what perspective it should be written from e.g., first, second? The tutorial is a friendly guide showing how the user should do x. ... more

04/27/19

Passive Voice Alterations?

I am currently working on a scholarly piece that has a history element. I am attempting to change as many sentences with a passive voice to active voice as I can. I have included a few examples of... more

04/27/19

Hypothesize vs "postulate"?

When writing a scientific or engineering paper, how do we choose between *hypothesize* and *postulate*?

04/27/19

Is it correct to combine multiple clauses into one sentence?

Is it correct to combine multiple clauses (sub sentences) into one? For example, let us consider this sentence: > *On managerial side, I am experienced in accounting software, have been... more

04/27/19

When should you use "Title Case"?

Are there any guidelines for when you should capitalize titles/headings or not? Should you always do this in English? I am referring to **A Capitalized Heading** vs **A capitalized heading**

04/26/19

When to use passive and active voice?

When is it better to use **passive** voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use **active** voice in writing and speech?

04/26/19

When should I use "Figure out the rest" vs "figure the rest out"? Does it matter?

I'm writing something where a character tells someone else vaguely something that that she did in the past and then tacks on "I'll let you figure out the rest" at the end. Then some of the notes... more

04/26/19

Style Guide: Bold, Italic, or Quotes When I Want to Emphasize Something?

Let’s say I have many lists of this kind on a page: 1. Click on the Foo button. 2. Tick the Bar box. 3. Click on the Save button. How should I emphasize *Foo*, *Bar*, and *Save*? 1. Bold? ... more

04/26/19

Is an indentation needed for a new paragraph?

Is an indentation (Tab button in Word) needed for a new paragraph when you start one? I was told to do that a long time ago but 3 years after I stopped doing it and have done it since. Are you... more

04/26/19

Alternative to "Hear" With Written Communication?

In person a person may say something like the following: > I would really like to hear what you have to say about X. On a forum (or other forms of written communication), I often see similar... more

04/26/19

Is it necessary to begin a new paragraph after a person speaks?

When I was in school, I was taught to always begin a new paragraph after a quotation or after a speaker concludes a segment of dialogue. However, in recent years, I have seen authors abandon this... more

04/26/19

When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: >> The sculpture A exhibits degradation... more
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