111 Answered Questions for the topic writing style
Should the use of apostrophes be consistent?
It is time to rock, but don't be too loud. Is it recommended to stay consistent with the use of apostrophes? Should it instead be: "It's time to rock, but don't be too loud." If that is fine either... more
In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
What is the stylistic form to use for including foreign text in an English article?
Academic texts often include translations of terms, and these are included in parentheses. Is there a standard to use when including foreign language text (e.g. Arabic, Russian, Chinese, etc.)?... more
The likeliest problem vs. "the most likely problem"?
Can I use "and" many times in one sentence?
I was always under the impression I should not use "and" more than once. I have this text: "I appreciate that all my previous work experience is within office based industries however I am a quick... more
Is "i.e." in this situation incorrect?
I.e. is used when we would like to use a situation as a kind of clarification. Suppose I was to write something like this: > Nano-boxes are used in medical science i.e. cancer treatment, where... more
Pronoun in English without specific referent?
Writing academic essays in English can be a daunting task for the EFL writer (my native language is German), but for me a very specific problem gives me headaches and leaves me sitting with a... more
Writing Style Writing
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
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
Writing the most important part of a sentence (at the end, between parentheses)?
I've seen this writing style several times, where the most important part of a sentence - or a twist - is put at the end between parentheses. This is typically used in titles and gives the sentence... more
Is it recommended to use "we" in research papers?
Is it recommended to use "we" in research papers? If not, should I always use passive voice?
Style Question: Use of "we" vs. "I" vs. passive voice in a dissertation?
As I'm not a native speaker and just finishing my dissertation in Computer Science, I wonder what style I should be using.In German (my native tongue) most dissertations, school-books and... more
Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in '-y'?
Sentences constructed with a word written in the singular and parenthetically in the plural are straightforward when that word does not end in *-y*, e.g.:> List all applicable... more
When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?
I generally know how to use a hyphen, but when should I use an en-dash instead of an em-dash, or when should I use a hyphen instead of an em-dash?
Is using "and/or" recommended for formal writing, or is it frowned upon?
Is using "and/or" allowed in formal writing? If not, is there general way to represent the OR binary operator with as little space as possible in written English?
Are there any differences between "I believe" vs "I think" vs "I reckon"?
These are the three most common ways to say "I think." (At least, I believe so. I mean, I think so. Um...)Are there any subtle differences between them? Are there situations where one of the three... more
Caption text punctuation: Full stops always necessary at the end?
Example caption text for a photo:> **Little Diane necklace**1a) No full stop is correct, yes?Now a longer example of caption text:> **Little Diane necklace. The photograph of the young Diane... more
On the usage of "etcetera"?
In Spanish, we use the word _etcétera_ at the end of an enumeration to imply there are more things to mention, which may (or not) be important, but they will be omitted. Thus, I was fairly... more
What is it called when words are deliberately spelled incorrectly but pronunciation is kept unchanged?
For example, > Night -> Nite > Through -> Thru > The -> Da > Though -> Tho _Nite_ even appears in some dictionaries as having the same meaning as _night_.What is it called... more
The Plural of Email - Emails?
I debated with my peers that we can use the word **emails** when referring to more than one and it would be grammatically right.> But most of them said since we don't say we received **mails**... more