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post #181 of 202
I was an editor on my school's law review. This stuff gives me nightmares.

By the way, why not use italics for the Power to the People movement. That, more or less, eliminates all of the ambiguities.
post #182 of 202
This is a good sight :

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html
post #183 of 202
assume this is a law firm. which is correct? (there may be more than one correct answer)

smith, young, bradly & jones

smith, young, bradly and jones

smith, young, bradly, and jones
post #184 of 202
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
assume this is a law firm. which is correct? (there may be more than one correct answer) smith, young, bradly & jones smith, young, bradly and jones smith, young, bradly, and jones
I personally prefer number three, number one is the next least offensive, and number two should burn in a firey hell. Although I'd probably like it better if the names were capitalized.
post #185 of 202
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
I personally prefer number three, number one is the next least offensive, and number two should burn in a firey hell.

Although I'd probably like it better if the names were capitalized.

how about this:

we went swimming, fishing, and hiking.
we went swimming, fishing and hiking.
we went swimming, fishing & hiking.

does the same rule apply?
post #186 of 202
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
how about this:

we went swimming, fishing, and hiking.
we went swimming, fishing and hiking.
we went swimming, fishing & hiking.

does the same rule apply?

I believe so, except that i'd never put an ampersand in a sentance.

So in this case, I'd pick number one, with two and three both being incorrect.
post #187 of 202
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I believe so, except that i'd never put an ampersand in a sentance.

So in this case, I'd pick number one, with two and three both being incorrect.
so 1 and 2 are both correct?
post #188 of 202
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so 1 and 2 are both correct?
When you use a comma to seperate items, it acts as a pause. So unless "swimming" is one thing, and "fishing and hiking" are another thing, then you need three commas. Swimming, fishing, and hiking. In your previous example, the ampersand (&) takes the place of the word "and", the fact that it's a character and not a letter gives one a natural pause. A comma before a character is clumsy and unneccesary. The fact that its a title and not a sentance allows the use of an ampersand, which normally would be frowned upon in traditional writing.
post #189 of 202
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
When you use a comma to seperate items, it acts as a pause. So unless "swimming" is one thing, and "fishing and hiking" are another thing, then you need three commas.

Swimming, fishing, and hiking.

In your previous example, the ampersand (&) takes the place of the word "and", the fact that it's a character and not a letter gives one a natural pause. A comma before a character is clumsy and unneccesary.
so then it seems to me that 2 is incorrect.
post #190 of 202
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so then it seems to me that 2 is incorrect.

That is what I said, two and three are incorrect.
post #191 of 202
got it. thanks. i misread post #186.
post #192 of 202
Then again, I don't think anyone really gives a shit anymore, unless you are editing for a newspaper, or want your suicide note to have perfect grammar, or whatever.

hellz man U kan evun spel lik thiz and peeps unn'er 20 wil hav no probz unn'erstandin what you sayin.
post #193 of 202
for my suicide note.
post #194 of 202
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for my suicide note.

Ah then, make sure to capitalize all proper nouns, and don't be afraid of the semi-colon! Always a suicide note favorite of mine.
post #195 of 202
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Ah then, make sure to capitalize all proper nouns, and don't be afraid of the semi-colon! Always a suicide note favorite of mine.
i often use semi colons, though i don't really know the rules that pertain to them. i just go with my gut. everytime i use one in microsoft word, the spell checker says, "use of semi colon. consider revising," as though there were never a right time to use one.

capitalizing proper nouns is against my aesthetic. you know that.
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