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Got a degree in language & literature a long time ago, but I don't read much fiction/creative writing these days.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Oct
9
comment When is it acceptable to refer to an undefined group of people in academic writing?
@Lauren: But OP isn't asking whether evidence should be produced. He just says he thinks the students should always have specific individuals or groups of people in mind. Valid evidence may not identify any such specific subset of "people"; whether or not such evidence exists and is cited is irrelevant to OP's question. Is it acceptable not to specifically identify the particular people/type of person when referring to "some" people?
Oct
8
comment When is it acceptable to refer to an undefined group of people in academic writing?
@Lauren: I don't see how "without any backup" is relevant. OP's first example could just as easily have said more women over the age of 50 carpool to work, with or without supporting evidence. I've no idea what if any trends there are in carpooling, but it's at least possible women over 50 are exactly average in terms of having taken it up. In which case actually specifying them should be considered misleading, and the generic people should be preferred.
Oct
8
comment When is it acceptable to refer to an undefined group of people in academic writing?
Can you give any reasons why you want to avoid the "less clearly defined" references? It just seems arbitrary and pointless to me.
Aug
9
awarded  Nice Answer
May
29
comment How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
Don't worry about the punctuation. Worry about why you've included the word "like" in the first sentence, and whether or not native speakers would find that acceptable in formal texts.
Apr
22
comment “…and the fire from the stove engulfed him” or “jumped on him” or “covered him” or “devoured him” or what?
@David: Not necessarily. But in this case, I believe the OP isn't even a native speaker of English, and there's surely no doubt that leap out is far more common in his context than any of engulfed/jumped on/covered/devoured. I also think it's unlikely a native speaker would say/write He opened the stove and the fire from the stove... Firstly, it would invariably be flames, and secondly, repeating the stove is bordering on "unnatural". OP's version doesn't reflect "creative use of language", so much as lack of familiarity with natural English.
Mar
28
comment Should I write about how the character solved some riddle or let the reader solve it himself
+1 for excellent suggestion!
Mar
28
awarded  Yearling
Jun
21
comment How do I cite Google Public Data in my bibliography (APA format)?
This "cut-down" APA6 guide may help.
Apr
23
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
@SomeNorCalGuy: I vote to close according to what I want to see answered on ELU, rather than according to what the faq says, or how others interpret it. OP's first question (Do they mean exactly the same?) struck me as trivial/pointless. The second (Which sounds better as a name for a short story?) seems like a "creative writer seeking advice" question to me - so I'm quite content it was migrated, even if you don't want it here after all.
Apr
22
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
@Neil Fein: I didn't migrate it - I'm not a mod, so I have no power to do anything like that. But I think I'd have voted to close if it had stayed on ELU, regardless of any feasible extra details OP might supply. Having said that, I think it is answerable on writers.se as it stands - imho, the xxx who didn't have a yyy is something of a "stock format" particularly for children's short stories. But you're a mod on writers.se, whereas I'm only an occasional visitor, so I'm certainly not going to argue with your decision.
Apr
18
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
This should go on writers.se
Apr
4
answered Would it be weird if I write “a simple sample something”?
Mar
28
awarded  Yearling
Mar
16
comment Trying to indicate that the frequency is annoying
I actually don't think that's an accurate rephrasing for exactly what OP wants to convey. This version could easily apply when the speaker isn't in fact annoyed at all, but for some completely unrelated reason wants to point out that it's being asked too often. Perhaps he even likes answering this question because he's done it so often he finds it easy - but his boss thinks this is a non-productive activity, and is planning to change the mechanism by which such questions are routed through to the speaker.
Mar
16
awarded  Critic
Mar
16
answered Trying to indicate that the frequency is annoying
Mar
15
comment Need help to rephrase this sentence to prevent a run-on
Belongs on writers.se
Mar
15
revised How to write a book for a given reading level?
added 143 characters in body