Are there any references that the English language is written and read from left to right and from top to bottom?

What is the basis this? I have practically done hours of research and I couldn’t find any source or reference about this. I AM NOT ASKING WHY. I AM ASKING FOR A REFERENCE. Answer On the page you will find: Direction Left-to-right Here it describes how you could cite the page: AttributionSource : … Read more

What is a regular font?

Here is the context: “Write your essay in a regular font”. What does it mean by “regular font”? What classifies as a regular font? Thanks! Answer A regular font has no special treatments, such as italic or oblique, thin or bold. It is also not a stylized font, for example, Blackletter or Adventure. Stick with … Read more

What is the definition of dig? If someone begins to cut into a surface is it considered that they have dug something? if not, why not?

According to the following extract: Mrs. Baker wanted to go ice fishing. She read several books on the subject, and finally, after purchasing all the necessary equipment, she went onto the ice. After positioning her comfortable stool, she started to make a circular cut in the ice. Frighteningly, from up above, a voice boomed: ‘There … Read more

Can we use “id est” in lieu of “i.e.” in academic writing?

In an academic, format context, can we write id est instead of its abbreviated form (i.e.)? Compare: ‘a walking boot which is synthetic, id est not leather’ with: ‘a walking boot which is synthetic, i.e. not leather’ Answer Id est is not commonly used in academic writing today. Two reasons come to mind. The usage … Read more

When should I use “Figure out the rest” vs “figure the rest out”? Does it matter?

I’m writing something where a character tells someone else vaguely something that that she did in the past and then tacks on “I’ll let you figure out the rest” at the end. Then some of the notes of the person proofreading my work suggested I have her say “I’ll let you figure the rest out” … Read more

AmE/Writing: AN _hors d’oeuvres_ tray, or A _hors d’oeuvres_ tray?

The general rule I was given as a youngster was that if the initial sound of the noun is that of a vowel, the correct indefinite article is “an”, while if it started with a consonantal sound or ‘y’, I should use ‘a’. However, I’m writing an article for a magazine (I’m the editor, too, … Read more

Enumerate reasons after because

Is it correct to enumerate reasons of something after “because” in a sentence? For example: This product is popular because: (1) It is inexpensive. (2) It has two-year warranty. (3) It is made of environment-friendly material. Answer This is more a question of style than grammar, and different style manuals may give different recommendations. I … Read more

Quoting articles of laws(ex. usage of “stipulate”, “specify”)

Article 15 of the Korean Constitution states that “all citizens shall enjoy the freedom of choice of occupation.” Compared to Article 12 of the Basic Law, which comprises of three clauses, Article 15 of the Korean Constitution consists of only one sentence and does not specify exercise of occupation. When I write a research paper, … Read more

When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: The sculpture A exhibits degradation at a seemingly increased rate from 30 years ago. However, the surrounding environment is considered not to have changed at a significant level since … Read more