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FAQ Item Headlines and Titles of Works Q. When I refer to the government of the United States in... States is not a single official entity. Nor is it when it is referred to as the federal government or...countries, has some official bodies that act and operate in the name of government: the Congress, the Senate, the Department of State, etc....

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FAQ Item Proper Names Q. With regard to capitalizing city and state, we as reporters are taught to..., until the matter came up that someone gets paid by the state. Great, now what? Cap one but not the...other? It’s really quite maddening and I am in a state of frustration. A. The first step is to not worry...

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after the word states or not? Following your rule in chapter 6 about commas before independent...clauses joined by conjunctions, I believe it would. Thoughts? “The company operates in DC and all states ...is a prepositional phrase. So there should be no comma after states....

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“The passage states”) followed by a colon? Or does the sentence have to be a complete sentence? A.... Either way is fine. (In fact, “The passage states” is complete—or independent—on its own. “The passage... states that” is incomplete.) Independent clauses usually require some end punctuation; incomplete...

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correct use of apostrophes. CMOS 7.20 states that in the case of a place-name ending with “s,” the...“s’s” formation is not used; e.g., the United States’. However, 7.17 uses Kansas’s as an example of...singular Kansa). The form of States, in contrast, is plural (singular state; plural states), even though...

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FAQ Item Abbreviations Q. I’m copyediting some storyboards for kiosk displays in a state park and...sake.) A. It’s a good idea to change it, since visitors to state parks include many people who would...have no idea what BP means. But don’t get your hopes up: it’s likely that the state has a style guide and that all its signs conform to that style....

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FAQ Item Citation, Documentation of Sources Q. When citing a book, is it correct to list the state ...shares a name with a more famous one, such as London, Ohio? A. Include the state if you think it isn’t...obvious. If the publisher is a state university, it’s obvious. Cincinnati is obvious; London, Ohio...

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am going to say: Randolph states that “blah-blah-blah (Randolph 2002).” Would this be right, or can...I just say: Randolph states that (if I put it in my own words) slavery was unethical (Randolph 2002...quoting from. Randolph says, “Blah-blah-blah” (2002, 32). Randolph (2002, 32) states that the blah was blah-blah....

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, whereas 7.20 has “the United States’ role” as another. Am I correct to use “Paris’s sights... states (like Kansas and Texas) in a country (like the US) and 7.20 strictly for countries? A. The...distinction is not between states and countries, but between names with a singular form (Paris, Kansas...

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FAQ Item Prepositions Q. When did The Chicago Manual of Style first state that ending a sentence...first edition to state positively that a preposition may end a sentence was the 15th, in 2003, the...

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