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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.
Chicago Style Workout 1:
Series and the Serial Comma
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31 thoughts on “Chicago Style Workout 2: Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases”
I love these! Thanks!
Both answers to #9 are correct. But are they? If you leave out the comma after 1956, it’s easy to misread the date as the number of “such complaints”:
After 1956 such complaints about poor fidelity … .
Rebecca, you are right— and no one here noticed that! Technically, in Chicago style the number would have a comma (1,956), but it doesn’t change your point.
The number of complaints would be written as 1,956. Though I agree that other circumstances can and do result in initial misreadings that require a second look.
Now where was Chicago Manual’s reply when I read this the first time, two minutes ago? I look like a ninny. (Or a cheater!)
Thanks for allowing me to take the test without having to sign-up, log-in and provide a password!
That one was much harder than the last one. I cribbed from CMOS online, though, so I got 100%. Thank goodness these are unlikely to be life-and-death questions out there in the world where I can’t look up the answer when I feel uncertain.
I have filled out the test and completed the captcha. Now how do I submit it? The ‘return’ doesn’t do anything. There is no box to click on. ??
Bill, can you scroll a little further and find the SUBMIT button below the captcha?
There is no submit button. Having found myself redoing the captcha test, which for some reason is very difficult for me to get through, the only button that appears, and reappears, is the try again button. And that, of course, forces me to try again.
Well, this is quite strange! What browser are you using?
Hmm. Safari checks out for us. Your difficulties appear to be originating at your end. We’ll send you the answers via your e-mail address. Thank you for trying!
Everything posted fine, maybe because I finished this well after everyone else. Thanks for the quiz–my CMS 6.xxx section is getting a little dog-eared from all the workout.
Got same error in spite of filling out captcha. Please post results.
Joan, we’re very sorry – you should be able to take the quiz and see the results now. Thanks for trying!
Same error, did use Captcha. Maybe you can post the results if this glitch can’t be fixed?
Fixed! Please try again, and please accept our apologies!
I’ve tried three times and gotten the same error message. Yes I filled out the Captcha. There’s lots of Captchas and I often have trouble with this style.
I used Firefox and Chrome.
Thank you, SashaN – we hope everything will work now. We appreciate your persistence!
thanks! I got two wrong. Not terrible.
I’ve also tried three times, and, yes, I filled in the Captcha each time. I haven’t had this problem on other sites with Captchas.
Suzy, thank you for trying! We finally located the problem, and it should work now. Many apologies for the inconvenience!
I also got the error above ;-(
Anonymous, thanks for letting us know. Did you get the error message after filling in the “Captcha”? If not, please try again and let us know if you’re successful!
I get the message “Error Occured:error Forbidden” when I click Submit.
Rebecca, we’re sorry for this glitch! Did you remember to fill in the “Captcha” form before clicking Submit? We just tested the quiz, and it seems to be working fine.
Same thing happened to me, after filling in the Captcha.
Thanks for another great workout! This one was harder than the last.
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