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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is "too conversational?"

One comment he repeated several times was that parts of my text sounded "too conversational." I think meant that I didn't sound professional or academic enough. You'd be better off asking for ...
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How should I quote American English speakers in a British English essay?

Usually no. When quoting, it is assumed that you are using the original writer's dialect and spelling, since that is a part of what they wrote. The style guides I consulted agree on that point. APA ...
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In academic writing why do some recommend to avoid "announcing" the topic?

In this answer, I am going to explain to you why you shouldn't announce what you are about to write anyway. It is boring and redundant and a waste of real estate on the page. Start with a claim, or ...
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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is "too conversational?"

I'll start with something of a confession - I've been (and often still am) a supervisor who suggests changes to technical reports, instruction manuals and guides to functions which appear to have been ...
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How should one refer to knights (& dames) in academic writing?

Usage will vary based on the style guide. Some will ask writers to omit the title. Others will conform closely to standard English usage. In MLA 8, under 1.1.2 (Titles of Authors), it recommends that ...
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Is using first person in academic/technical essays always bad?

This depends on your style guide and potentially your teacher/school/boss/etc.'s guidelines. If your teacher (for example) says to avoid using the first person you may be able to negotiate to change ...
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How to avoid introduction cliches

The best way to avoid overly general openers is to write them. Go ahead, write them all down. Get them out of your system. If you don't, they're gonna be on your brain distracting you. Once you ...
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How to avoid introduction cliches

Get to the point? In the field of mathematics, there are problems that present an exceptional level of difficulty. Isn't really the point of your paper is it? This is just fluff. You lose ...
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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is "too conversational?"

When I wrote user manuals and so on, for A Big Company, they had a corporate style guide for technical writing. Part of it said to minimise the "reading age" or "grade level" of text: to maximise its ...
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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is "too conversational?"

How should you respond? Take a careful and critical look at your own writing, and - in effect - do as your supervisor has suggested. We all get attached to our own writing, word choice, phrases, and ...
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In academic writing why do some recommend to avoid "announcing" the topic?

There are reasons to repeat yourself, but they differ to what you imply. Academic readers are usually skimming through hundreds of papers to find the results relevant to their current work, so Try ...
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Citing two sources in one sentence

That depends on where the two separate statements come from. If Smith says the price decreases, while Watson says the industry grows, the first one is correct. On the other hand, if both authors note ...
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Can I use "I" in an essay?

It's often seen as too casual Consider the following phrase: As I stated earlier, Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy. The use of "I" in this statement implies that the author has a connection ...
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Best practice for academic writing: write and cite or write first?

My answer is that you should read widely and then write and cite, because you want the foundation you're building upon to be rock solid. The risk of writing first and inserting later (which is a ...
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Is elaborating the opposite case in brackets acceptable and clear?

It is acceptable, this kind of thing is done often in academic papers (to save space, there is often a page-limit in journal articles); but (B) is more clear than (A), that is probably why it was ...
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Is the word "coloured" offensive when writing about Apartheid?

I live in South Africa. The word "coloured" here is used extremely commonly to refer to both a general group of multiracial people living in South Africa ("Coloureds") and a ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as "a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image"?

This is a good visualisation which helps alot.
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If I unnofficially create a theory and use it in my story, will it have any validity that I'm the author of such theory?

Generally the manner of publication makes no difference. If you have published it, you are its author and have the right to get credit for it. This is actually one of the rights that are covered by an ...
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Using "her/him" twice in a sentence

Both works, but the first one is more consise so it is better. The general rule of thumb when using pronouns multiple times in a phrase is that the pronoun should refer to the same noun. That being ...
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After submitting a "complete" manuscript, what role does the author take?

This will vary by publisher, but you can expect some or all of this to happen: they will give you their word template (or equivalent) so you can tag/style paragraphs and the like according to their ...
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How do you write a scientific genus name in an already italicized text?

I've always seen this handled with option #2, which uses reverse italics. For example, in APA: When words that would normally be italicized appear within text that is already italicized, those words ...
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Repository of My Academic Writing - Which License to Use?

You should have a look to the Creative Commons website. They have a tool to help you choose the most convenient license for your works. In your case, I think the best one is the BY-NC-SA, which allows ...
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If I unnofficially create a theory and use it in my story, will it have any validity that I'm the author of such theory?

It will have validity in the sense that if the theory is original AND you get published so your theory can be found by strangers, then somebody doing diligent research should find you as the earliest ...
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What is the guide for writing essay for a people who cannot even write a paragraph?

I think you're selling yourself short with your writing skills. You used all the skills you need to write an essay when you wrote your question. You took a topic--your difficulty writing essays--and ...
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