111 Answered Questions for the topic writing style

Writing Style English Writing Conjunctions


Using "And" at the beginning of a sentence?

Since I first learned English, I have been holding this understanding that "and", as a conj. but unlike "but", can only connect two clauses, not two sentences ended with periods.But recently, I... more
Writing Style English Future Present Tense


The train will leave vs. "is going to leave" vs. "leaves" vs. "is leaving"?

From the grammatical point of view all are correct, just the meaning are different, please bring your clarification, thank you.> 1. The Train will leave at 10:00 tomorrow morning.2. The Train is... more
Writing Style English Writing Speech


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?
Writing Style English Writing Names


In a written work, is it better to reference people by their first or last name?

In a work, when you introduce someone by their full name and later refer to them in a context which is not appropriate for a pronoun, do you use their first or last name?Example: "Eli Whitney is... more


What's it called when someone starts a well-known saying but doesn't finish it?

Often times in a TV show that I watch and love, Supernatural, the big bads use quotes and sayings to further their point. For example, Crowley, the current King of Hell at the time, replied to... more
Writing Style English Writing Loan Words


When using the French word "sans" in an English sentence, should I use italics?

In the sentence, below, I am using the French word *sans* to mean *without*. Should sans be italicized? Or, should all of "sans human civilization" be italicized?>Planet Earth sans human... more


How often do people say "gotta", "wanna" or "gonna" in English speaking countries?

I learned these three words from *Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary*. > * got|ta /g'ɒtə/ > Gotta is used in written English to represent the words 'got to' when they are... more
Writing Style English Writing Adverbs


Are adverbs frowned upon in proper English (academic writing)?

I understand that "proper English" is vague, but what I mean is, are adverbs to be avoided in scholarly writing? For example, let's say that I am wanting to publish an article in scholarly magazine... more
Writing Style English Grammar Idioms


Analysis of "It is like a dream come true"?

I've been unable to grammatically analyse the sentence> It is like a dream **come** true.To me, it should either be> It is like a dream **that has come** trueor> It is like a dream... more
Writing Style English Writing Word Usage


Where can I find a list of common padding words?

Like a lot of people, I actually have the habit of actually adding a lot of actual padding words when I actually write. A common one I use is _actually_. These are actually rarely worth keeping,... more
Writing Style English Writing Conjunctions


Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?

Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?> I would like crackers, cheese and some soda. > I would like crackers, cheese, and some soda.

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