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Using Flesch reading ease test

"Can you use the Flesch Reading Ease Formula with a one-word sentence or a phrase that isnt a complete sentence? Such as a multiple choice answer on a test.
posted by Postroad on Jun 24, 2014 - 3 answers

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

"Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence" means what???

What does a motion to "Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence By A Person In Federal Custody" mean? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Dec 15, 2012 - 1 answer

How to improve my writing?

Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Apr 15, 2011 - 15 answers

comparing sentence structures to death

good web resources that compares english sentence structures to death? [more inside]
posted by figTree on Feb 2, 2011 - 1 answer

Should I put a question mark here, because I think it's awkward?

Grammar question about putting question marks at the end of sentences. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 14, 2010 - 15 answers

A game that focuses on sentences, for fun?

Is there a board game that relies on building sentences for game play, but not in a "teach people how to construct sentences" way and is not Mad Libs? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Random Late-Night Grammar Question

I know this is a silly question, but I've never been able to figure this out. If my sister and I have a favorite song, how would I describe that fact in a sentence? "That's my sister and I's favorite song", "that's my and my sister's favorite song", "that's my sister's and my favorite song?", or some other permutation I may not be seeing? [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on May 28, 2010 - 31 answers

Possessive?

Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Nov 22, 2009 - 14 answers

Yes, I'm.

Vagaries of the English Language, part n: I need to tell my boss why the contraction "I'm" cannot stand alone as a sentence. For example, "Yes, I am" is okay. "Yes, I'm" is not. I haven't been able to find any good logic for this case or that works for the different contractions in general ("don't" can also stand alone, "I'd" and "I've" cannot). Given this is about languages, and particularly English, "just because" is, alas, potentially the best answer.
posted by whatzit on May 15, 2008 - 36 answers

Where the heck does it come from, oh my!

Where does the sentence structure 'Something, something and something, oh my!' come from? I'm seeing this everywhere and it's been bugging me. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on May 1, 2007 - 52 answers

diagram this 94-word sentence

How do I diagram this sentence? [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 25, 2007 - 26 answers

Something to translate?

Good sentences for translation practice? [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Dec 5, 2006 - 4 answers

What's with this sentence structure?

I'm confused by the sentence structure of "The more I chew, the sorer my jaw gets" and "the heavier the atom, the less it rotates." Do these "The more..the less..." sentences have understood omitted verbs or something? They seem to not have all the prescribed elements of a sentence.
posted by eighth_excerpt on Jan 1, 2006 - 12 answers

Why do people leave a space before end of sentence punctuation?

When (and where, and maybe why) did people start doing this ? Is it mostly a UK/Europe thing ? Is it only occasional or a valid trend now ?
(Another question about a grammar anomaly, but I'm not complaining this time, only curious. This one only occurs in informal [Internet] communication and for some reason I enjoy it: a space between sentence end and final punctuation, when punctuation is a '!' or '?' Mostly UK- and Ireland-ers do it, like sgt serenity [a mad Scotsman] here.)
posted by Shane on Mar 27, 2004 - 22 answers

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