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
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.
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
Q. How do you define formal and informal writing?
Q. Does CMOS hyphenate “the then”?
Q. Is the word “golly” used in the the Chicago style guide?
This month’s workout, “Grammar, Part 2,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 5.20–23. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 5.20–23 of the Manual before answering the questions.
This month’s workout, “Grammar, Part 1,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 5.1–20. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 5.1–20, of the Manual before answering the questions.
Cheryl Klein is editorial director at Lee & Low Books and the author of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and the forthcoming picture book Wings.