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May
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comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
@Neil Fine An attribution statement is one of the many cases where parentheses are used, none of which can claim an exception on merits to this question. See my answer for a broad definition that I suggest, and my comment under it.
May
13
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
This is the necessary and sufficient answer within the scope of a Q&A site. A categorical statement is all that can be given. A complete list of where to use parentheses and where not cannot be attempted here.
May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
The parenthesized sign off sounds too prescriptive, though. Doesn't it? :-)
May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
I take it that it is more a matter of your personal preference than empirical.
May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
1. It's not my opinion. 2. It's not about the (over)use of parentheses. Just a fact -- that it's ironically inappropriate in that place. You'll agree that I used it in this comment to show its utility. :-)
May
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comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
Bernstein's relatively longer explanation has no parentheses. Your first sentence has one.
May
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answered Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
Apr
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answered Referencing figure in text - capitalize the word “Figure” or not? Why?
Mar
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comment Where to find authors for highly technical articles?
Maybe you should try by dropping the word 'technical' altogether and start looking around with the kwd 'content' instead. That's what you really need, I can say for sure. We have of course had great difficulty in convincing people about that, until they saw the results. Excellent solutions for your needs can only come from multidisciplinary writers.
Mar
28
comment Where to find authors for highly technical articles?
@MonicaCellio Apparently, design docs kind of writing is just what the OP does NOT want -- I'm not looking for a 'dry' technical document. I had to contend with people who are steeped in that 'dry' style.
Mar
25
comment What's the appropriate way to write numbers in educational contexts like papers?
Follow on: Editors could be thoughtful enough to see the context and understand, or sometimes too strictly conformist with prescribed styles. Accept and follow the editor's advice.
Mar
25
comment What's the appropriate way to write numbers in educational contexts like papers?
A very good question. The example, however, is not broad enough: Do not spell out statistical data. I would always go for the first option, that of using numerals. This no matter what style guide one is following. As for the narrative part of your paper, you may decide on the basis of the context and its tone on a sentence to sentence basis.
Mar
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answered Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
Mar
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comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
@justkt: What's it got to do with English? Isn't this technique used in other languages?
Mar
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comment How to convert DOI to citation information
Writers in a broader sense would eminently suit for this question, so I think we should let it be.
Feb
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answered How can I learn to write by hand again?
Feb
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answered Do I need to know anything to write a short story that I wouldn't know by studying how to write novels?
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Jan
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answered How can I revise these sentences to be more correct while still keeping the effect?