CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Sun, 12 Jan 2020 06:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0365.html Q. I am editing a brief in which the author has used “and/or” multiple times. I know that this term should be avoided, but I’m not exactly sure why. Is it because it’s confusing and ambiguous? What is The Chicago Manual of Style’s stance? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I am editing a brief in which the author has used &ldquo;and/or&rdquo; multiple times. I know that this term should be avoided, but I&rsquo;m not exactly sure why. Is it because it&rsquo;s confusing and ambiguous? What is <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em>&rsquo;s stance?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:52:06 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0129.html Q. When a question introduces a list, should you use a question mark or a colon? Or both? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> When a question introduces a list, should you use a question mark or a colon? Or both?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:49:14 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0090.html Q. Hello! I have a comma question. Which is the preferred punctuation: Amherst, Massachusetts’ Emily Dickinson .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. OR Amherst, Massachusetts’, Emily Dickinson .&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;? Recasting the sentence is not a useful option because there is a longish list of names and places: Long Branch, New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and Lachine, Quebec’s Saul Bellow and .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. Thanks. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hello! I have a comma question. Which is the preferred punctuation: Amherst, Massachusetts&rsquo; Emily Dickinson .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. OR Amherst, Massachusetts&rsquo;, Emily Dickinson .&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;? Recasting the sentence is not a useful option because there is a longish list of names and places: Long Branch, New Jersey&rsquo;s Bruce Springsteen and Lachine, Quebec&rsquo;s Saul Bellow and .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. Thanks.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:47:10 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Pronouns/faq0031.html Q. Now that Merriam-Webster has legitimized the singular “they,” where does CMOS stand on the subject? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Now that Merriam-Webster has legitimized the singular &ldquo;they,&rdquo; where does <em>CMOS</em> stand on the subject?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:43:53 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Numbers/faq0059.html Q. In the sentence “It happened on the twenty-fourth of July,” should the date be spelled out or a numeral? CMOS 9.31 only addresses the treatment of ordinals when the month is not mentioned. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> In the sentence &ldquo;It happened on the twenty-fourth of July,&rdquo; should the date be spelled out or a numeral? <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch09/psec031.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 9.31</a> only addresses the treatment of ordinals when the month is not mentioned.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:41:49 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0364.html Q. Would you use “less” or “fewer” with “CO₂ emissions”? To me, “emissions” seems like a measurable, uncountable substance, so I would say “less.” However, a quick search on Google Ngrams shows “fewer emissions” is more common. Which is correct? Or should it be “lower” instead? And if so, why? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Would you use &ldquo;less&rdquo; or &ldquo;fewer&rdquo; with &ldquo;CO₂ emissions&rdquo;? To me, &ldquo;emissions&rdquo; seems like a measurable, uncountable substance, so I would say &ldquo;less.&rdquo; However, a quick search on Google Ngrams shows &ldquo;fewer emissions&rdquo; is more common. Which is correct? Or should it be &ldquo;lower&rdquo; instead? And if so, why?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:39:03 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0150.html Q. In a recent Q&A the hyphens look like en dashes to me. Are they, and if they are, why? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> In <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/SecondThoughts/faq0004.html" target="_blank">a recent Q&amp;A</a> the hyphens look like en dashes to me. Are they, and if they are, why?</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:35:52 GMT