Don’t lie down on the job! (Or is it lay?)
This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 6,” centers on section 5.250 of CMOS 17. This time we’re focusing on words beginning with the letters l as in “literally” and m as in “might.” You may (might?) still have to look up lie and lay (we do), but writing and editing are more efficient when you don’t have to go to the dictionary for words like loath and loathe or mantel and mantle.
As you take the quiz, keep in mind that we are looking for usage that would be considered correct even by sticklers (and see our disclaimer below).
Note: Style guides and dictionaries sometimes disagree. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
Chicago Style Workout 35: Word Usage, Part 6
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