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comment Is mathematical poetry a form of poetry?
Just my opinion: If you can't understand a work of art without knowing the title, then it's not art. Is the following art? 1+1-->11 How about if I title it "binary sex"? Has it suddenly become an erudite work of skill, just by adding a title? I say no.
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answered Clichéd Actions
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comment Clichéd Actions
Also, note that tropes are not necessarily bad, if you use them on purpose, sufficiently disguise them, and don't over-do it. Really, there are so many tropes that it is probably impossible to write a decent story without using some.
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reviewed Edit From Markdown to .odt and vice-versa: a possible distraction-free writing workflow?
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revised From Markdown to .odt and vice-versa: a possible distraction-free writing workflow?
I have attempted to clarify this answer. Still don't know what the last sentence is saying.
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reviewed No Action Needed How to avoid repetitive sentence structure?
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comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
@NeilFein: Although, I admit, OP seems not to "get it." He accepted my generalizing edit, which salvaged the question, but then promptly shot himself in the foot by adding more specificity to it with his revised paragraph.
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comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
@NeilFein: I would have agreed with closing the original question. However, I edited it several days ago to make it generally useful, and OP accepted the changes. There must be 10s of 1000s of students every year who are told their writing is "stilted and cluttered." Now there are a number of good answers below to the general question. Please re-open.
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comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
Since the F-K "reading ease" of your answer is now 67%, and the "grade level" is 6.3, you have convinced me to seriously reconsider the validity of F-K. However, you went to the trouble to respond to my criticisms, so I took away your downvote, even though I still disagree. (Unfortunately, to take away the downvote I had to upvote it instead, so now you have a misleading upvote. Maybe a moderator can correct that?)
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comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
This type of thing is exactly why I dropped my minor in mathematics. Flesch-Kincaid is NOT "arbitrary." It was developed based upon a very large data set. And it would only be "tedious to compute" if you were stupid enough to compute it by hand. But nobody does it that way. That's what computers are for. In contrast, your method is mathematically beautiful and precise, but entirely unworkable in practice, except for very short passages. Plus, it basically boils down to "use short sentences," which is EXACTLY what Flesch-Kincaid measures (in addition to short words).
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reviewed Close Nonlinear novels
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comment Nonlinear novels
This might be a good question, but I can't tell. It is very unclear. Please revise it so it doesn't get closed.
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reviewed Close How to describe a hypnotized state?
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reviewed Leave Open Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
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comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
Note that OP has edited his question to make it clear he was speaking of the Philippine constitution. I don't have any familiarity with that, but I can imagine how a well-meant provision such as "There shall be no political dynasties" could be ignored in practice because there are not enough specifics to make it enforceable. In other words, "it appears to say something, but really says nothing at all." Even so, as you point out, the OP's example paragraph needs a lot of fixing. =:-o
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