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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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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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"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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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 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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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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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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If you truly mean the groom's speech, then I would hope that you are the groom, because otherwise you probably won't know enough information to make it a truly meaningful speech! The groom's speech is primarily about thanking everyone for their participation in the wedding. In fact, the groom's speech traditionally includes more "thank you's" than any of the ...


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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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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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