the set of structural rules that govern the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language

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How to choose between “show” and “display” something?

English is not my native language but "show" and "display" seems very similar to me. I work on a Web Application and I don't know if it's better to use "show" or "display" in my UI. I need to use ...
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Period, or no period, when a text message is displayed on screen

When a user interacts with a button on a website, and the buttons gives some confirmation text to let user know that the action has been performed successfully or unsuccessfully, should there be a ...
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How to phrase button labels?

How should I phrase the following button labels: "Import image" or "Import an image"? "Create app" or "Create an app"? "Add description" or "Add a description"? If you could also supply the ...
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What is the correct way to indicate something can be either singular or plural?

Taking it as a given that the system is not intelligent enough to be able to recognise a single result as apposed to multiple results (don't ask!), what is the correct way to represent the possibility ...
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How do I best describe a “confirm a download” in a dialog box?

We have a feature that offers subscription-based downloads. There are limitations to the counter back-end so to make sure a customer does not get charged by mistake, we have implemented a pop up box ...
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Clarification on letter case in button text

I'm looking for clarification on the use of letter case. The two examples are: "Duplicate Search" vs "Duplicate search" this is in the context of performing a search of users in order to detect if ...
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Can you sacrifice grammar to keep instructions simple, specifically when using a(n)?

Because of the way the form is written, step-by-step in first person, it is necessary to put the a(n) to keep them grammatically correct for the Administrator case. However I feel like it makes the ...
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Which grammatical person should I use when writing to the user?

Say a user is signed in to my website and looking at his dashboard which may have a section for his/her incoming messages. Should I label that section "My incoming messages", "Your incoming messages" ...
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Text for email address validation!

When validating email address on sign-up/login page which is the right grammar? "Please insert a valid email address." OR "Please enter a valid email address." OR just "Invalid email address." ...
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Where should I put the punctuation?

In a few programming tutorials I am writing, I use quotations to indicate what the program should display if the output is short; such as: The program should output "Hello World" However, it ...
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Is there a difference between “login” and “log in”?

I always thought login is the noun and log in is the verb. For example, "you need to log in using the modal login window". Is this really the case or can they be used interchangeably? Does logout and ...
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What is the impact of spelling mistakes for users?

My team developed a site that has a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes. Does this leave a bad impression for first time visiting users?
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What are the best guidelines for grammar and punctuation in alerts and user messages?

I know that button titles shouldn't just be "Okay", "Yes" or "No", but be the name of the specific action the button will perform. What about the message itself? For example, I display this modal ...
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Contraction (grammar) in User Interface

Is it considered unprofessional to use contractions (doesn't instead of does not) in UI. Should I avoid contractions completely or are some ok and some not?
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...