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If you need to know The Chicago Manual of Style for your job—or to get a job—it’s a good idea to flex your editing muscles in close engagement with the Manual itself.
Chicago Style Workout 2, “Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases,” centers on sections 6.35–6.39 of CMOS 16. Advanced editors might tackle the exercises cold; learners can study the related sections of the Manual before answering the questions. (Tip: You can review section 6.38 in this “Section in the Spotlight” post.)
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Remember: The workouts are all about Chicago! If you’re an expert in MLA, AP, or New York Times style, you might be surprised to find that your instincts don’t quite match Chicago’s. That doesn’t mean that your answer is necessarily “wrong”—it just means it isn’t Chicago style.
[Editor’s update: These styles did not change in the 17th edition, although their section numbers may have changed.]
Chicago Style Workout 2: Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases (CMOS 6.35–6.39)
Note: These questions are designed to test knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style. Other style guides may have different rules and guidelines. The first five items are true/false statements, and the last five ask you to judge whether the example does or does not follow Chicago style.
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