111 Answered Questions for the topic writing style

Writing Style Grammar Writing

03/17/19

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

03/16/19

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 working... more

03/16/19

So long as vs. "as long as"?

Which phrase is more formal — "so long as" or "as long as"?Example:> - So long as Google Voice allows free long distance in North America, I will use it.- As long as Google Voice allows free... more
Writing Style English Writing Mla

03/16/19

Is "et al." acceptable for citations with exactly two authors?

I have a bunch of information from a source, but the authors names are particularly long; is it acceptable (in MLA) to use "et al." for exactly two authors, e.g., > “The Corpus juris not only... more
Writing Style English Verbs Grammaticality

03/16/19

How to use "used to use"?

Is it correct to say something like this? "I used to use the knife to open things like cans."

03/16/19

When to use named and called?

I am writing my Statement of Purpose. I am writing a sentence such as > *I moved to a small town called Falmouth where I* .... Should I use *named* or *called*? > *I moved to a small... more
Writing Style English

03/16/19

The fact that' versus just 'That'?

Recently, I started using just 'That' instead of 'The fact that' at the beginning of some sentences. What is your opinion on this?Example:> 1. The fact that he answered the question wrong... more

03/16/19

Is it proper to omit periods after honorifics (Mr, Mrs, Dr)?

I've been reading the Economist lately and they apparently don't punctuate honorifics like "Mr.", "Mrs.", e.g.> The popular rejection of Mr Mubarak offers the Middle East’s best chance for... more

03/15/19

I would like to ask you a favour vs. "I would like to ask you for a favour"?

Which form is to be preferred?> * I would like to ask you a favour.* I would like to ask you *for* a favour.
Writing Style English Grammar Writing

03/15/19

Is using passive voice "bad form"?

Whenever I create a document in Microsoft Word, it complains about a lot of my sentences being in passive voice. But, when I read that sentence aloud, it sounds fine to me. I am not sure if it is... more
Writing Style English Verbs Inversion

03/15/19

Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to *The Hobbit* by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure.... more
Writing Style English Prepositions Meaning

03/15/19

Prerequisite for vs. "prerequisite to"?

When is it appropriate to use "prerequisite for" instead of "prerequisite to"? Does it depend on context, or is it a matter of style?I googled the two phrases and found 4.5 million hits for... more
Writing Style English Writing Synonyms

03/15/19

Avoiding stuffy language: "Therefore", "Thus"?

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So"... more
Writing Style English Writing Conjunctions

03/15/19

When to use & instead of "and"?

Are there rules of usage when using the ampersand "&" instead of "and"?Are they completely interchangeable? The ampersand seems more casual, but I'm not sure.
Writing Style English Writing Word Usage

03/15/19

Is it considered good style to use “relatedly” to start a sentence?

I sometimes like to start sentences with “Relatedly,”, as you might start them with “besides”, “however”, “furthermore,” and so on. (“Like” in that I find the word practical and concise. It could... more
Writing Style English Grammar Writing

03/14/19

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. Example: >... more
Writing Style English Writing Numbers

03/14/19

Should I capitalise the first letter when a sentence starts with a number?

When starting a sentence with a number, should the first letter be capitalised?For example,> 96% **R**eal meat.or> 96% **r**eal meat.
Writing Style English Writing Pronouns

03/14/19

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

03/14/19

When to use named and called?

I am writing my Statement of Purpose. I am writing a sentence such as > *I moved to a small town called Falmouth where I* .... Should I use *named* or *called*? > *I moved to a small town... more
Writing Style English Grammar Writing

03/14/19

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 working... more
Writing Style English Writing Proofreading

03/14/19

Why does an ellipsis have three dots?

It might be an odd question, but I'm trying to comprehend why do we use three dots in an ellipsis. Wouldn't two dots suffice? An ellipsis serves a dual purpose, it can be used to either denote an... more
Writing Style Grammar Writing Passive Voice

03/14/19

Is using passive voice "bad form"?

Whenever I create a document in Microsoft Word, it complains about a lot of my sentences being in passive voice. But, when I read that sentence aloud, it sounds fine to me. I am not sure if it is... more
Writing Style English Writing Period

03/14/19

Does the abbreviation for Saint in a church name require a period?

In referring to a local church, does the name "St Giles" require a period after the "St"? I was told that to add a period confuses it with the abbreviation for street.
Writing Style English

03/14/19

Did I "get" (or "take") my degree "from" (or "in") the University of Somewhere?

I would like to know what is the preferred way to indicate that I took a degree in some subject while also naming the place where I obtained the degree from: - I got my master's degree *from* the... more

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