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awarded  Popular Question
Nov
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answered Tools for science-based world building?
Nov
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awarded  Disciplined
Oct
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revised Writing Multiple Novels Simultaneously
deleted 12 characters in body
Oct
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answered Writing Multiple Novels Simultaneously
May
23
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
Here's a list of differences between American and British English. Some my favorites (many are vulgar slang): fag: Br: cigarette, US: homosexual; fanny: Br: women's genitals, US: buttocks; pissed: Br: drunk, US: angry. I think these differences (and many others) would be confusing to Americans.
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Commentator
Jul
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comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
I agree that having too many cliffhangers in a first person story would get tiring and seem contrived. They work best for me in third-person stories where the chapters alternate between characters, so the cliffhanger at the end of one chapter doesn't get resolved until at least two chapters later, which tends to make me want to get through the next chapter (with a different character, whom I may not care as much about) just to see what happens to the first character later on.
May
13
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
+1 for "you should be able to lift out what is inside a set of parentheses and still have a grammatical, understandable sentence left behind."
May
2
awarded  Scholar
May
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accepted How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
May
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comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Duh (had to throw that in), I didn't notice his name wasn't Japanese
May
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comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Interesting article, especially considering it comes from a Japanese university professor. Thanks.
May
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comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
@SomeNorCalGuy That is, in fact, the question. :)
May
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comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
I hadn't thought of huh as indication agreement, only confusion. I like the idea of including the phrase along with the addition of body language. That really clears up any ambiguity. Also agree they shouldn't be overused.
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
Thanks for the edit. As I mentioned in my original post, two people in english.SE thought the question belonged here. As a writer, I am mostly interested in whether they are appropriate for main-line adult fictional writing, or maybe young adult.
May
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awarded  Student
May
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asked How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
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awarded  Critic