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Abbreviations

By Judy Vorfeld What are the Differences Between Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms? Have you ever been con­fused about the dif­fer­ences between abbre­vi­a­tions, acronyms, and Initialisms? You’re not alone! An ABBREVIATION is a short­ened form of a writ­ten word or phrase used in place of the whole word. Some author­i­ties consider […]

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Grammar Questions for Judy

By Judy Vorfeld Are you a gram­mar expert? The word “expert” makes me ner­vous. Pedestals can be very unsta­ble. I know where to find most answers to gram­mar and style prob­lems and I love — and have a nat­ural affin­ity for — lan­guage. I’m skilled at edit­ing every­day American English from a num­ber of per­spec­tives because […]

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Grammar Basics

By Judy Vorfeld Adjectives are mod­i­fiers. They describe nouns and spec­ify size, color, num­ber, etc., e.g., The small “x” in the upper cor­ner of the win­dow is used to exit your file. Adverbs describe verbs, adjec­tives & other adverbs, e.g., The exhausted sec­re­tary screamed loudly as her monitor […]

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Attributive Nouns

By Judy Vorfeld Do you feel okay punc­tu­at­ing pos­ses­sives until you have to decide on “men’s room,” “mens’ room,” or “mens room?” I have peo­ple reg­u­larly ask­ing for the answer. Let’s inves­ti­gate. In this case, we’re talk­ing about attribu­tive nouns, not com­pounded nouns. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says an […]

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Abbreviating Months and Days

By Judy Vorfeld Wonder how to abbre­vi­ate days of the week and months? Let’s take three excel­lent style guides and see what they offer. THE GREGG REFERENCE MANUAL, TENTH EDITION (502) says, “Days of the week, names of the months … should be abbre­vi­ated only on busi­ness forms, […]

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