The Elements of Style

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by BombayAndBeer   2019-07-21

Taxes- Once you start filing them, file them every year, even if you’re not obligated to. It makes your life sooo much easier. Please just trust me on this. Also, very few people really know how taxes work. The tax code is confusing on purpose. Like probably CPAs and Tax Attorneys and some people who work at the IRS, but that’s about it.

r/tax is a thing that is occasionally helpful. r/Insurance also may be of some use to you. And hopefully you won’t need it, but r/LegalAdvice.

The top comment was right. Focus on your education. I learned most of the stuff you’re talking about at college. Make friends with lots of different kinds of people. All ages. Older/non-traditional students are great because they’re really serious and they have a lot of life experiences. Age cohort students are great because they’re fun, you have similar ideas and philosophies, and someone will def take notes for you when you’re sick (especially if you buy them a coffee for being so diligent later).

You’ll gain work experience as you go and get older. If you can, get a job at the school you go to. They’re usually much better than off campus. They work around your class schedule and will pay at least minimum wage, if not more. The number of hours aren’t always the best, but are almost always steady.

This is just a tip for school - get Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” - I prefer the illustrated edition which is what I’ve linked. I always thought I was a good writer and then I got to college and realized I was wholly mediocre. This helped immensely. I tell everyone just starting school to get this. If I’d had this my freshman year, it would have been a totally different game.

TL;DR: No one knows how taxes work. Specialized subs can be your friend! Focus on education. You’ll gain knowledge, experience, lots of things, as it comes. Strunk and White to make essays easier.

Edit: I don’t know the name of things apparently. r/tax not r/Taxes

by albyssa   2019-07-21

Oh my, big passive voice fan? Let’s see, where to start?

> There are also times when passive voice is preferred

I did say that, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s usually not preferred. It’s preferred when there is no known actor or when the main subject is not the actor.

> Non-psychologists tend to ignore the American Psychological Association’s style guide, yes.

APA is used for a lot more fields than just psychology, including scientific ones. Besides, most style guides say the same thing. AP does, and I’m pretty sure Chicago does.

>And are you seriously citing style guides to make a point about natural language? Yes, prescriptivists tend to dislike passive voice in English. How is that at all relevant?

AP and APA actually cite natural usage as a reason for proscribing against passive voice. The active voice is more natural in most cases and is the way we tend to talk. Therefore, using active voice is better for clarity. Clear writing is good writing.

But this isn’t a subreddit on writing. This is a sub about learning Japanese. The meme we’re commenting on is about things that are difficult for Japanese learners whose native language is English. Passive voice in Japanese is difficult for many English-speaking learners for all the reasons I mentioned. If you want to keep using it in your English writing anyway, I mean, whatever floats your boat. I do recommend picking up On Writing Well, though, and maybe also The Elements of Style. They’re excellent books that I think can explain better than I can why some of these kinds of things that seem “prescriptivist” are actually ways to make your writing clearer, more succinct, and, ultimately, more successful.