111 Answered Questions for the topic writing style

Writing Style English Writing

03/21/19

Heavy usage of synonyms in English or not?

I am a native German speaker and in German it is considered very bad style to use a word more than once in a sentence or even in close proximity. So you usually have a big list of synonyms in your... more
Writing Style English Writing Adverbs

03/21/19

Is it "Yours faithfully" or "Yours sincerely"?

When should one sign a letter with "Yours faithfully" or "Yours sincerely"?

03/21/19

Bringing word into existence just by calling and using it?

Sometimes, when I read essays, I see that writers make up words and by using them, they bring those words into existence.For example: >In her article ***"Juban America"***, Ruth Behar uses the... more

03/21/19

Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

From the New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/us/politics/trump-critics-treason-putin.html): > Mr. Trump’s critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like... more
Writing Style English Adverbs Word Choice

03/21/19

Henceforth vs. "hereinafter"?

What is the most suitable way to express that a sentence/word will be "replaced by" another sentence/word, from that point (in a text, for instance)?> * Henceforth called/named...* Hereinafter... more
Writing Style English Writing Expressions

03/21/19

Where does "emphasis mine" go in a quotation?

I have often seen the term *emphasis mine* used whenever an author wishes to denote that emphasis in a given quotation originates from said author rather than from the original source. **What is... more
Writing Style English Grammar Writing

03/21/19

What are the principles that make certain lists sound euphonious?

Has this ever happened to you: You write a question, include a list or two in the discussion, and then come back to edit that list because the order doesn't sound "right"? Off the top of my head, I... more
Writing Style English Writing Proofreading

03/21/19

When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?

Would a number, say, 5,629,296be written with commas: Five million, six hundred twenty nine thousand, two hundred ninety six or without commas: Five million six hundred twenty nine thousand two... more
Writing Style English Parallelism Meaning

03/21/19

Dropping the second "the" in sentences: the X and the Y vs. the X and Y?

Is there any difference between these two examples? 1. (Both) the Senate and the House of Representatives are legislative bodies. 2. (Both) the Senate and House of Representatives are legislative... more
Writing Style English Connotation Phrases

03/20/19

To a degree vs. "to an extent"?

Is there a measurable difference in meaning between the phrases "to a degree" and "to an extent" (or "to some degree" and "to some extent")?Examples: * To [some degree / some extent] that is a... more
Writing Style English Proofreading Email

03/20/19

When is it acceptable to use Internet abbreviations such as “u” or “r”?

In my business communication over Internet text messengers, for example Google Talk or Skype, I see that many people often use shorten words like _u_ instead of _you_, _r_ instead of _are_ and the... more
Writing Style English Writing Numbers

03/20/19

Why do English writers avoid explicit numerals?

> The junction has a stop sign on each of the four entrances. > The junction has a stop sign on each of the 4 entrances.The first is preferred, for some reason, by many English texts. Why? I... more
Writing Style English Writing Hyphenation

03/20/19

How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective?

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like *particle board*, *Mount Everest*, or *windscreen wiper*) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a... more
Writing Style English Modal Verbs Emphasis

03/20/19

How to add emphasis to a modal verb?

To add emphasis to a normal verb, we use the emphatic "do":> * He does run fast.> * Do come in.> * Do brush your teeth.Obviously, with modal verbs this would be a grave mistake:> * (*)... more
Writing Style Grammar Writing List Order

03/20/19

What are the principles that make certain lists sound euphonious?

Has this ever happened to you: You write a question, include a list or two in the discussion, and then come back to edit that list because the order doesn't sound "right"? For example, I changed... more
Writing Style English Grammar Writing

03/20/19

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 at... more
Writing Style English Writing Proofreading

03/19/19

Standard format for phone numbers?

I've recently noticed a wider variety in how phone numbers are presented, both in print and online, specifically with regard to spacing & punctuation.Examples: +1 (555) 123 4567 +1 (555)... more
Writing Style English Writing Proofreading

03/19/19

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**
Writing Style English Spacing Ampersand

03/19/19

Is it ever appropriate to use a space before and after an ampersand?

A colleague and I have a difference of opinion. I believe our department should be abbreviated as "L&D." She believes it should be "L & D," which just looks silly to me. I never see spaces... more
Writing Style English Numbers Acronyms

03/19/19

Is an apostrophe with a decade (e.g. 1920’s) generally considered “incorrect”?

I typically don’t use an apostrophe with plurals in any situation, but I always assumed that the use of an apostrophe in constructions like acronyms:> Forty BA’s were given out to students this... more

03/19/19

Difference between styles of English in technical communication?

I have a collaborative software project with two other users. Nearly every technical report and documentation written goes through the following editorial changes to some of the sentences (examples... more
Writing Style English Writing

03/19/19

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

03/18/19

My English translator capitalizes every noun. Is it correct?

I'm developing an Android/iPhone application. My translator for English localization uses a lot of capitalization. For example, in the app menu, it suggests: |Export Data to Folder| |Prevent Screen... more
Writing Style English Writing Esl/esol

03/18/19

To hyphenate or not?

As a non-native speaker of English and an engineer by training, I always get confused about hyphenation and almost always end up referring to Google every time I need to make that decision.Does... more

03/17/19

To hyphenate or not?

As a non-native speaker of English and an engineer by training, I always get confused about hyphenation and almost always end up referring to Google every time I need to make that decision. Does... more

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