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Is my writing style overly complicated?

I learned English as a second language (native is Finnish). The emphasis in school was on vocabulary and very basic grammar; we did not to my recollection deal with stuff like passive voice etc. So in terms of writing in English, much of my "voice" has developed simply from what sounds right inside my head. However, I've been told that the way I write is overly complicated. Is this so? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 22, 2013 - 48 answers

"Isthmus" or "isthmus"?

In Chicago style, or barring that, in Generally Accepted Historical Practice, how should one capitalize the following sentence, which discusses the "Isthmus of Panama" (which is undoubtedly capitalized when it appears in full): "The canal crossed the isthmus." or "The canal crossed the Isthmus."? (My CMS subscription has lapsed and I can't afford a re-up, alas.)
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a good book on English grammar.

Looking for a good book on English grammar. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 31, 2011 - 18 answers

Proper use of commas for dates

"Sunday 7 February 2010." Is a comma required between "Sunday" and "7"?
posted by Busoni on Feb 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me design a writing guide for undergraduates

I'm putting together a writing guide for my undergraduate philosophy course. What information should I put in the guide? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

*, 1? 1, *?

Mixed footnotes: do numbered notes precede symbol notes, or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 26, 2008 - 3 answers

What is considered the usage and style manual?

Usage and Grammar: What is considered the usage and style manual? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Feb 26, 2006 - 26 answers

What is the plural of "presence"?

What is the plural of "presence?" [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 8, 2004 - 14 answers

In the Style of Hemingway

Grammar/StyleFilter: What is the accepted adjective form to describe something written in the style of Hemingway? Hemingway-esque? Hemingway-ian? Something else altogether? With a hyphen or without? And moving from the specific to the general, is there a hard and fast rule for when we use one of these particular endings (-ian, -ean, -esque, etc.) to turn a proper noun into an adjective, or is the style dictated simply by what seems to sound right?
posted by .kobayashi. on Jul 17, 2004 - 14 answers

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