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Sep
30
comment What are the drawbacks of writing too much in the active voice?
@Alexandro Chen: I agree - I'd have thought writers.SE was the best place too. But apparently it was originally migrated there; it looks to me as though they rejected it, but sent it to ELL rather than bouncing it back to ELU. I'm only an occasional visitor on writers.SE, but I might be sufficiently motivated to ask there (on meta) why they apparently rejected it.
Sep
30
comment What are the drawbacks of writing too much in the active voice?
@Neil Fein: I've actually closevoted as "opinion-based", but I don't feel too strongly about closing it anyway. My concern is with the idea that it's somehow more on-topic here than where it was originally posted. I think by default a question should be dealt with where it's first posted, if (as in this case, imho) there's no obvious reason why it would be a better fit on another site.
Sep
30
comment What are the drawbacks of writing too much in the active voice?
@Andrew: I assume you mean this question falls under General copywriting, style, and organization in the ELL FAQ, but I'm not convinced that justifies moving the question here rather than leaving it under ELU (where questions about Word choice and usage are "welcome"). So far as I'm concerned, the question should have stayed on ELU, because there's no obvious reason why only learners would be interested in what is at the end of the day a broad-ranging question about style and usage.
Sep
30
comment What are the drawbacks of writing too much in the active voice?
I think this is basically "writing advice". If neither ELU nor writers.SE want it, I don't see why it should be "dumped" on ELL.
Aug
11
comment Position of Footnote on Page
@Smiley Sam: Like I said, I'm no expert. And I haven't read the tex.SE FAQ, so I don't know the scope of the site. But it's up to you to check that out, not me. I just don't think the question belongs here.
Aug
11
comment Position of Footnote on Page
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about typesetting/page layout, not "use of English" as such. Perhaps it should be migrated to SE TEX, which is devoted to typesetting.
Aug
11
comment Position of Footnote on Page
I'm no expert at WP and typesetting, but I'd have thought even a rudimentary word processor would automatically force a footnote to be on the same page as the "forward reference" to it in in the main body of text. If that implies running the main text on to the following page one or more lines earlier than would otherwise have been the case, so be it.
Sep
24
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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
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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
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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