July 6, 2007  •  derek2

double negatives

There wasn’t a clause left in the sole agency contract that wasn’t a source of conflict. The author of a book I am editing refuses to change the above sentence to: Every clause left in the sole agency contract was a source of conflict. His reason is this is “a literary device to accentuate [my point]” . I think it is bad English to use the same word twice in one sentence. Am I being pedantic?

July 3, 2007  •  marcelo3

Impose someone to do something

I read this sentence and I felt kind of weird about it: The suppliers imposed us to absorb price increase. I won’t say that it’s wrong to use IMPOSE in that sentence, neither that ABSORB cannot be used like that, but wouldn’t it sound better, and maybe even clearer to use one of the following alternatives? 1. The suppliers forced us to accept price increase. 2. The suppliers made us accept price increase. 3. The suppliers left us no choice but to accept price increase. 4. The suppliers left us no choice but to deal with price increase. 5. The suppliers imposed price increase on us and we were forced to accept it. 6. The suppliers imposed price increase on us and we were forced to deal with it. 7. The suppliers imposed price increase on us and we could do nothing about it. Any opinion appreciated...

November 2, 2005  •  nicole

Using CC in business letters

When CC: a person(s) in a business letter, is it necessary to fully type their business name after their name or is an abbreviation acceptable. For example: CC; So-and-so FCCC or Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

September 26, 2005  •  rhen

Capitalizing After the Colon

I’ve read a number of books, and when an author uses a colon in a sentence to define something he wrote in simpler terms or to define in a more detailed manner, he capitalizes the next word. Such as, “The blue sky was beautiful: The sky resembled a cascading fall into the bountiful white clouds.” Should I also capitalize the T in “The”?

February 16, 2005  •  lisaholmer

web site or Web site

Hi, I’m editing a brochure and know Internet is in caps, but is Web for Web site? and is Website one or two words? I’ve seen it both ways. The brochure is speaking about a specific government website, but says “the county web site”. Thanks, Freezing on the Hill

August 24, 2004  •  jeudi2

Two Sentences

1)”They were all trying to figure out which theoretical trend would be fashionable by the time they would attend postgraduate school, and scheming career plans.” Is the tenses coordination ok? and the words appropriate? 2) “Most sold out in time and made a career of denouncing what they had worshipped.” Does “sold out” sound very weird? Is there a better idiom to describe with contempt the way leftists-turned-capitalist-champions betrayed the ideals of their youth? And, am I intruding here?

November 21, 2002  •  Dyske


When fine artists say their work is “multi-disciplinary”, what would a discipline mean in this context?

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