Choice of an agent to give an active voice – me or the computer program

Background I am writing a scientific article that describes a computer program. Although it is common in the field to use a passive voice, it is also acceptable, and my preference, to diversify the text with an active voice. That said, the focus of my paper is a computer program, and I am describing what … Read more

Do these sentences contain comma splices? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 9 years ago. Possible Duplicate: What is a comma splice? My girlfriend wants me to correct her fan-fiction, and to me it looks fine stylistically, but I wonder if some of the sentences are technically comma splices. They climbed out the carriage, and Gabriel was silent, taking in … Read more

What are alternative phrases for “with respect to”? [closed]

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Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)

Given this sentence, the that feels unnecessary: If I believed that I were in a position to do so, I would. I find these seemingly spurious instances of that working their way into my prose all the time. Another example where it seems unnecessary: I’ve been around people so critical that I ceased hearing them. … Read more

How to refer to members of the House of Representatives?

The sentence is Call your two Senators and your elected member of the House of Representatives. I’d like to say something simpler like … your elected Congressman, but that runs into all sorts of issues. First, we can have either a congressman or a congresswoman. Second, Senators are “congressmen.” So how to refer to people … Read more

Swapping Words in ‘Deep’ Sayings

Here’s an example of a common swapping that happens when people want to sound profound: The clothes don’t make the man It’s the man that makes the clothes What is this form of swapping called? Answer It’s a figure of speech called chiasmus Edit: or more precisely antimetabole. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : … Read more