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How to write recommendation documentation?

I've done this sort of thing as part of evaluating technologies. It's usually cast as an evaluation, covering both benefits and weaknesses, rather than just weaknesses. I suggest getting ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

I liked this question - writing letters is a professional use of writing skills, but it's becoming rare to the point of looking like a lost art. The norm (UK, at least) always used to be that if the ...
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Need recommendation re: online resume format

Pretend you are writing an email, and that the recipient will read it as plain text. "To put spacing between sections, hit 'enter' instead of using the space bar.... To highlight subheadings, use all ...
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How to communicate two elements of different general syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

The problem you're having is in attaching the final clause: NAME is...that helps...by rating...and helps... . When the reader gets to the "and" he's expecting it to bind to the "by" -- NAME helps ...
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How can I avoid using I repetitively in a resume/about me?

Most résumés seem to solve this issue by creating bullet points and starting each bullet point with the verb.
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

It depends upon the content of the letter. Just "Thanks," alone can sound off key if there is nothing obvious for which thanks to the reader is warranted, or too light-hearted when providing serious ...
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Is all caps in legal notices perceived as abrupt?

(My background is that as a software engineer, I have read and written many such notices). Data File or Download All caps is used in many licenses for emphasis, for example in the GPL, MIT License and ...
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Do you pluralize a Roman numeral?

You don't ever use apostrophes to form plurals, so that's right out. If the Roman numeral is part of the name, you would add an S: A total of 15 Saturn Vs were built, but only 13 were flown. If you ...
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Is it copyright infringement to Disney if I were to name my online company BuzzLightYear?

Basically this goes in line with what I stated above, making the name one word is more than likely not an adequate enough of a change. See this link for more details. Transformative Use ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

I always use, "Best" or "Best wishes". If someone's helped me a lot, I like to end with, "Thanks for everything".
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Including a company logo in a report

If it's a report generated by your company, you may as well put the logo on it. The only reason not to is if it's literally an internal memo, like an email or something, which isn't really being "...
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Referencing another company's product in my product manual

I am not a lawyer, and you should consult a lawyer before you start naming your competitor's brands and products in any publication. It probably isn't worth it; especially if they are bigger than you ...
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In a professional email you need to quote something from a business document. How do you write this?

Cite it exactly like you would a source for which you have a full name, except the name is "Anonymous." "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX." (Anonymous, 2019) If it comes from a published work that has no ...
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Can you use a semicolon to connect fragments that are one item in a vertical list?

I would be fine with either a comma or a semi-colon, although I think I'd prefer the semi-colon. Lists, particularly with sentence fragments, are pretty flexible in terms of content and punctuation. ...
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What is Considered Good Writing? How Do You Become a Good Writer?

To begin with, writing is a form of communication. The writer has something to say. The written word conveys that meaning. The reader processes the message by reading the words. All three elements, ...
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Is an "ampersand" prohibited in formal writings?

Formal writing like legal documents, newspapers, research papers for publication, have their own style guides that define proper typesetting conventions. But, they are different. For example the AP ...
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What type of stuff should someone read to improve their email skills?

Court cases and decisions written by the courts are very bussinesslike and logical. They lay out arguments and information while trying to be clear and concise. There are some really interesting ...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

When writing a business letter, you should end with something more formal. Here are some that are commonly used. (Hint: Most people use "Thank you" instead of "Thanks" because some say it sounds more ...
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How to write recommendation documentation?

In case you are starting from scratch and are free to choose whichever form you like you should have a look at the excellent answer from Monica Cellio. But: in case you are in an established company ...
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How can I avoid using I repetitively in a resume/about me?

Speaking as a former division manager of a public company that has hired dozens of programmers and engineers and read hundreds of resumes: Use "I". It is expected. Stick to the facts, do not engage ...
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How to Become an Powerful and Beautiful Expository Writer?

Writing is a learned and acquired skill, like anything else. It is not an inborn talent. You can have certain natural aptitudes for aspects of writing, but most of it is developed through hard work. ...
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I've written a raw manuscript; what are the next steps?

You have a solid platform, an existing audience, and you've already given out first copies of the book and had people read it and review it positively. You also have a track record of public speaking ...
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Is an "ampersand" prohibited in formal writings?

In general, ampersand should not be used as an abbreviation of "and" in most published writing. The exceptions are exact quotations and names, such as company names and titles that use an ...
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Is all caps in legal notices perceived as abrupt?

In some jurisdictions there are specific requirements about particular things being all caps in legal documents, e.g. I am led to believe that in the US (or some states, I'm not sure which) an ...
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What is the best way to word response to customer asking for subscription renewal discount?

If you do not intend to offer a discount then write something like this. You may need to change some of it (for example, I've assumed your price structure is explained on your website, that ought to ...
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Resources for beginner/intermediate writers

You are experiencing the exact reason why it is said that: No one can teach you to write, but you can learn The best resource there is for learning to write is taking classes from professional writers ...
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Is it accurate to use hyphens after people's names? (John - , Hi John -)

This is a very informal way of indicating a break. In fiction one would use it in dialog. Consequently it would be suitable to use in a text message, and perhaps an informal email.
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