This month’s workout, “Word Usage,” centers on section 5.220 of CMOS 16. Writing and editing are more efficient when you never have to look up affect or effect or dither over whether it’s OK to write inasmuch.
Because the list of problematic words and phrases in section 5.220 is so long, we will revisit it regularly in the workout series. Today’s quiz focuses specifically on words beginning with the letter a.
Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
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[Editor’s update: Minor changes to the original post reflect changes in the 17th edition. Note too that section numbers may have changed in the new edition.]
Note: Dictionaries and style guides sometimes disagree. These questions are designed to test knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, which prefers Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Other style guides may follow a different dictionary.
Chicago Style Workout 9: Word Usage, Part 1 (CMOS 5.220)
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Regarding number 3, I used to usually delete “of” in “all of” constructions. But I began to question this practice. For example, in sentences beginning “All of the family wants …” “All of the students studied …” If you delete the “of,” the reader might initially read the sentence differently: “All [that] the family wants [is such-and-such].” “All [that] the students studied was [something]. Depending on how the example sentences continue, you might prefer to include the “of.”
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