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    [Vocabulary] usage of 'manifest'

    I'm confused about the usage of 'manifest' as a verb. The dictionary lists its meanings as "to show, demonstrate clearly" and "(of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form", which does not help at all. Although I don't see this word a lot I have this gut feeling that 'manifest' can be...
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    the use of dash (--) in a sentence

    I understand dash, or --, is sometimes used as interruption in a sentence, but am not sure if I used it correctly in the following sentence. This highlighted the pitfalls of interpreting realism as simply a measure of accuracy, or worse--sophistication. What I want to express is that...
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    Need help connecting two simple sentences

    I've been struggling to connect the following two simple sentences into one better looking sentence, with no success: 1. The results are presented in Table 1 for aircraft xxx. and, to modify this xxx: 2. xxx are all we can find that (this is where it gets awkward) we have data yyy of...
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    Euphemism for 'textbooks'

    I'm writing this technical paper and have to repeat 'textbooks' for a lot of times throughout the paper. Basically what I want to present in this paper is an intepretation of issues not adequately discussed in textbooks in my field by drawing together fragmented knowledge and my own methods as...
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    usage of "fill in the blank"

    I know 'fill in the blanks' is a type of exam questions, and I've seen tons of them over my academic years. But I wonder if I can use 'fill in the blank' to mean 'do something that hasn't been done before'? the context is as follows: "This paper fills in the blanks by presenting xxxxx that are...
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    usage of 'complement'

    I understand 'complement' can refer to the group of officers and sailors required to man a ship. But is this also true for an aircraft? Can I say 'aircraft xxx has a complement of 200'? if the complement of a ship is defined as a certain number of people required to run it, is it true that...
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    usage of 'quote' as a verb

    I remember (vaguely) seeing the verb 'quote' being used in the following context: "in xxxx(name of a book), the author quoted the performance figures of xxx(name of an aircraft) as ......(description of the figures the guy 'quoted')....." So does 'quote' in this sentence imply that the...
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    difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    I know this probably is too basic a question but after doing my research using google and searching within this forum there doesn't seem to be a clear answer, so here is the problem: In a formal, technical writing context, what are the most appropriate word to express the content inside the...
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    [General] collapsing long words into shorthands

    I'm writing a technical paper recently and started to have issues trying to cram long words into small spaces, especially on technical drawings full of complex data curves. For example, 'level acceleration' occupies too much space and I want to collapse these into something like 'lvl. acc.' but...
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    Is there any alternative to "First, Secondly,thirdly..."?

    I wrote a lot of essays recently and I'm really getting tired of this "First,..Secondly,..." structure. So, is there any alternative as far as formal writing is concerned? Thanks in advance.
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    more than one commas in a sentence, is this alright?

    One of the books I've read says that there shouldn't be more than one comma in a sentence except for lists of things. For example: "On the morning of June 28, the weather finally cleared, but the climbers wearied by their efforts of the previous days, could not attempt the summit." should be...
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    does 'depletion' sound too formal here?

    I'm preparing for GRE writing section lately when I wrote the following, as a thesis statement: "I fundamentally agree with the author that we very rarely have to face a total depletion of choices." The problem is, I've heard a lot about the GRE graders' hatred towards unnecessary use of...
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    it has a british kick, what does this mean?

    Hi! I was watching Proof of Life lately and I found the following dialogue which I have difficulty understanding: A man says to Russel Crowe:G36, German rifle but it has a British kick. Now I understand he's talking about the recoil of the rifle but what does that have to do with "British"...
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    usage of "majority"

    Can I say "the peripheral vision covers the majority of our field-of-view"? I know it doesn't sound right but I have difficulty finding an alternative to "majority", any suggestion is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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    what is better than good but worse than excellent?

    I'm designing a presentation handout. I want to describe one of my specialities as "*** understanding of engineering science". I need an appropriate adjective here to take the place of "***". It should be something better than good but just short of "excellent". On a scale of 10, it should be...
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    or regard??What does this mean..

    I was reading a book about radars when I saw this: "By individually controlling hte phase shifters, the beam formed by the array can be steered anywhere within a fairly wide field or regard". What does "or regard" mean here? Thanks in advance.
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    How to use "border" as a verb?

    Is it okay to say "China borders 21 countries, 15 by land and 6 by sea"? Or should I use anything other than "by" in this sentence? Thank you.
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    a sentence beyond my understanding

    I was browsing the "engineering" entry in Britannica Encyclopedia when I found this long sentence: " The field has been defined by the Engineers Council for Professional Development, in the United States, as the creative application of “scientific principles to design or develop structures...
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    How to express the number of times you've been on an airplane?

    I often had this problem. I simply don't know what is the normal,natural way to express the idea, for example: I've been on a plane for about 60 times/I've traveled by air for 60 times... But they both sound so awkward and I believe in speaking English that's got to be a more natural way of...
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    tertiary...what's next?

    I was watching "Shooter" the other day when I noticed this: "Primary over the top,secondary down the road,tertiary to the river..." I'm just curious, that if you can use "tertiary" to substitute for "thirdly"(or can you?),what's the corresponding words for fourthly,fifthly....etc,etc? Thank you...