Around this time of year, we at The Chicago Manual of Style start to envision decorating the world with tiny copies of CMOS. You’re invited to join the merriment with this free miniature edition of
Pronouns are small but powerful words that often trip us up. This month’s Chicago style workout, “Grammar, Part 3,” centers on sections 5.27–37 of CMOS 17, which cover the definitions and uses of pronouns.
When words are left out of a quotation, an ellipsis of three dots (. . .) takes their place. When this works correctly, the reader can skip over the dots and the sentence . . .
Q. What is the proper way to write Dr. Tom Smith Jr., M.D.?
Q. She’s number one, She’s number 1, She’s No. 1, or She’s no. 1?
Q. Should add-on questions begin with a cap? “May I have a cookie? two cookies?”
Read the answers to these questions and more at the November CMOS Online Q&A.
This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 5,” centers on section 5.250 of CMOS 17. Today we focus on words beginning with the letters i through k. Writing and editing are more efficient when you never have to look up imply and infer or
In response to reader questions and requests, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has a new paragraph (8.185) called “Titles of Folktales, Fables, Nursery Rhymes, and the Like.” The new guidelines suggest that
This month’s workout, “General Rules of Alphabetizing,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 16.62–70. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 16.62–70 of the Manual before
This month’s workout, “Titles in Running Text,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 8.157–67. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 8.157–67 of the Manual before answering the questions.
Here’s how to set up a Chicago-style table of contents page following the guidelines in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (See section A.2.1.7 in the appendix called “Paper Format and Submission.”)
At paragraph 6.42, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style notes that a direct question is sometimes included within a sentence but not enclosed in quotation marks. When such a question comes in the middle of a sentence, it is usually introduced by a comma, and (this is the new part) it