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Part II: Some Basics of Style > Exercise #7—Mechanics

Chapter 10. Exercise #7—Mechanics

Here’s a test of your knowledge of mechanics. In the sentences below, find and correct any mistakes in placement of punctuation marks, use of quotation marks and italics, use of numbers, abbreviations, etc.

1: Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death”.
A: Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Rule: Place commas and periods inside quotation marks.

2: He said his plans are “uncertain at this time;” he promised to make up his mind by next week.
A: He said his plans are “uncertain at this time”; he promised to make up his mind by next week.

Rule: Place colons and semicolons outside quotation marks.

3: President Kennedy said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you.’
A: President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you.”

Rule: Use single quotation marks (’) only for quotations within quotations.

4: My favorite short story is The Most Dangerous Game.
A: My favorite short story is “The Most Dangerous Game.”

Rule: Use quotation marks for titles of printed materials that are not book length (stories, poems, articles, etc.).

5: Every morning I read the “Wall Street Journal.”
A: Every morning I read the Wall Street Journal.

Rule: Use italics (underline) for titles of books, magazines, newspapers, etc..

6: We are expecting 200 guests for the reception on the 33rd floor of the hotel.
A: We are expecting two hundred guests for the reception on the thirty-third floor of the hotel.

Rule: Write out a number in words when it will take only one or two words.

7: They received one-hundred and thirty-eight calls in response to the ad.
A: They received 138 calls in response to the ad.

Rule: Use figures for any number that would be three or more words when written out.

8: She reported that sales were up seven percent last month.
A: She reported that sales were up 7% last month.

Rule: Use figures for percentages. Also for dates; addresses; room numbers; telephone numbers; chapter, page, and line numbers; serial numbers; decimals; route numbers; times; statistics; and precise measurements.

9: The chairman earned $1 million last year.
A: The chairman earned a million dollars last year.

Rule: Write amounts of money as follows: a million dollars, $6 million, $6,847,211.

10: There are many valuable spelling rules, i.e. the rule governing the formation of plurals.
A: There are many valuable spelling rules, e.g., the rule governing the formation of plurals.

Rule: I.e. means “that is”; e.g. means “for example.”




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