CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0088.html Q. Why does a comma follow Washington, DC, in running text? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Why does a comma follow Washington, DC, in running text?</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:36:32 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0087.html Q. I’m not sure when to use a comma following a date at the beginning of a sentence. Can you help? For example, “In the 1960s, McManus declared victory&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.” or “In 1967, McManus selected Jones as the victor&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.” A fellow editor suggests striking all of the commas that follow the dates.&nbsp; <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I&rsquo;m not sure when to use a comma following a date at the beginning of a sentence. Can you help? For example, &ldquo;In the 1960s, McManus declared victory&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&rdquo; or &ldquo;In 1967, McManus selected Jones as the victor&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&rdquo; A fellow editor suggests striking all of the commas that follow the dates.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:34:55 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0355.html Q. I’m a Spanish–English translator, mostly in the arts. Citations in Spanish often include the place of publication of a journal. This is not mentioned in the Manual (as far as I can see). Any thoughts on this? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I&rsquo;m a Spanish&ndash;English translator, mostly in the arts. Citations in Spanish often include the place of publication of a journal. This is not mentioned in the <em>Manual</em> (as far as I can see). Any thoughts on this?</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:30:02 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0354.html Q. Hi, I was just wondering, how do you format the citation for a translated work if the name of the translator is not known? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hi, I was just wondering, how do you format the citation for a translated work if the name of the translator is not known?</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:26:47 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0086.html Q. Is the serial/Oxford comma generally used in British English? If the guidelines do not specify anything, what would be the appropriate usage? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Is the serial/Oxford comma generally used in British English? If the guidelines do not specify anything, what would be the appropriate usage?</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:21:12 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Abbreviations/faq0084.html Q. I’m wondering about omitting the periods for US Department of Energy. On its site, it’s U.S. Do we follow the department’s preference or Chicago style? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I&rsquo;m wondering about omitting the periods for US Department of Energy. On its site, it&rsquo;s U.S. Do we follow the department&rsquo;s preference or Chicago style?</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:19:15 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0085.html Q. It’s my observation that increasingly, in a sentence like this, the commas are being omitted, no matter how many sisters there are: “I wanted to go to the store, but my sister Sara refused.” Can’t we just admit that it’s cleaner and easier to omit them most of the time, unless there’s genuinely a clarity issue? The world is changing; can we make this official? Thank you. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> It&rsquo;s my observation that increasingly, in a sentence like this, the commas are being omitted, no matter how many sisters there are: &ldquo;I wanted to go to the store, but my sister Sara refused.&rdquo; Can&rsquo;t we just admit that it&rsquo;s cleaner and easier to omit them most of the time, unless there&rsquo;s genuinely a clarity issue? The world is changing; can we make this official? Thank you.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:05:05 GMT