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It's a great question --writing and editing are definitely two different skills. I think the editing quits being boring and tedious when you start to take pride in it as its own thing, not just the hoop you have to jump through to get your work out there. Perhaps think of it this way: When you dig a diamond out of the ground, it just looks like a rock. ...


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The second sentence feels grammatically incorrect because it's not a sentence; it's two fragments joined by a semicolon. That doesn't make it wrong, but that's probably why you're reacting that way. If you want to keep the fragment style, I would tweak it thus: Or perhaps not despite -- perhaps because of. I made two changes there. First, I ...


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"In the" sounds like it's going on for a while — a chapter or two. "At the" sounds like a point on a line: he describes everything in one or two paragraphs and then moves on. Both are grammatically correct, but I think they have slightly different shades of meaning.


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You can include whatever sections you like; the real question is whether your advisor or committee will approve what you write. If the structure is made more logical, organized, and clear by having a section called “Actuator Design” within a chapter called “Actuator Design”, then go ahead and use such a section. There are cases where structure would not be ...


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I think the real answer is, fall in love with the nuance of language and how it works in the reader's mind. I often mention the book, Make Your Words Work, by the late Gary Provost -- amazon link, because it is the book which most helped me fall in love with how words on the paper transform into images in people's minds. Don't view the editing process so ...


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I can think of a few. A synecdoche like "I bought a new set of wheels" where a car is actually meant can be taken literally. Also an understatement like "It's just a scratch" when someone is injured who habitually downplays things like that can slip by when the habit isn't known. An oxymoron like "jumbo shrimp" is so established few will notice it at all. ...


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This is a rhetorical question and, used well, can enhance the essay. The key to using this device is to first raise a question, issue, or concern that the reader might reasonably have, and then to address it. You are, essentially, putting a question in the "mouth" of your reader so that you can go on to answer it. Because you control both sides of the ...


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The best example I can think of is "Flip a car." It can be taken as it was fixed up and sold for profit or wrecked, but either way the car is gone. "What happened to your old Camry?" "I flipped it" "Oh, how much did you get from it?" "Enough to buy this Mustang"


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The answer is in the question: literally. These days 'literally' also means literally the exact opposite, when used figuratively to mean 'figuratively.' 'When he told me what he earned, I literally fell off my chair.' If somebody told me that, I would have no idea whether he fell off the chair or not.


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The best reporting is as simple as possible, factual and as clear as the events reported on. Limit yourself to 6th grade reading level. When reporting opinions of participants, use quotes. Your opinions should be kept out of the reporting. Since your teacher is also asking for opinion, I would turn in two articles, and make the second an editorial where you ...


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I hate rewriting too. I like to separate myself from the project until I feel ready to attack it with a fresh pair of eyes. I'm always thinking about said project - working on ways to improve it, things I'd change, things I don't like - but I don't reopen the document until I feel ready to. If you have someone to send it to, send it to them and get their ...


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Skip the rewrite. When you're done with the first draft, fix the spelling errors. Fix any other obvious errors. Then publish it. If it isn't readable, nobody will read it. No problem. But maybe someone will like it more than you do. Write more. Yes, I'm serious. [Edited to add:] For a more thorough treatment of this crazy idea, see Dean Wesley Smith's ...


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How about this: What are the best practices to use in this senario? I have a master GridView in my page which performs these actions: Add a new record Delete a record Search data bound to the GridView Display detailed information about selected records in the GridView For adding new records, I'm using a dialog or other ...


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I've made a few changes to the grammar, and tried to neaten up the text as best as I could while still keeping the essential meaning of what you wanted. I used "Facebook page" instead of a "Facebook website", since that seemed more correct I changed "questionnaire" to leaflets, as I assumed this is what you actually meant. I added in "Mubarak's ...


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The topic seems informal to me, and lends itself nicely to a more personal, less formal tone. I'm okay with it being not strictly grammatical. Given that, consider a version that is even less grammatical and more informal: Or perhaps not despite. Perhaps because of.


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Either is fine. But they have slightly different... connotations. "In the beginning" makes most people in the western world think/associate that ancient book called the (Christian) Bible. Which starts out with "In the beginning" ;-) So, it gets a more epic feel right off the bat than if I started with "At the beginning". "At the beginning" is more ...



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