EditNATION.com Punctuation and Grammar Quiz #7

Another week, another “professional” website to take a look at. These sentences are from a publisher. Yikes!

1) We often receive Manuscripts that require formatting corrections before we can start the editorial and layout processes.

2) Find reputable ones and study them! And by the way, keep a grammar reference nearby at all times!

Here are three mistakes in a brief article about (wait for it) proofreading.

3) If you publish your book across multiple formats (hardcover, paperback, or e-book.) make sure that internal page references are correct in each version.

4) Don’t just indicate every error you find; also indicate each page on which an error occurs (perhaps by circling the page number.)

5) Have a second person go over your manuscript (preferably someone who is good at spelling and grammar.)

These lovely sentences are from Grammarly.com. It really jerks my chain to see  such SLOPPY writing on Grammarly.com, and to watch as it spews forth information that is wrong, wrong, wrong is OUTRAGEOUS.

6) Conjunctive adverbs are adverbs which join two clauses; some examples of are also, besides, accordingly, finally, subsequently, therefore, thus, meanwhile, moreover, nonetheless, instead, however, indeed, hence, consequently, similarly and still.

7) Conjunctive adverbs frequently (but not necessarily) have a semi-colon before them.

8) As they’re conjunctions (i.e. words that join two thoughts or ideas), it’s best not to use them at the beginning of a sentence.

9) If we replace the Marks with I, and a couple of the potatoes with them, things sound much more natural.

10) When reading aloud, the reader will naturally lower their voice and tilt their head a little, showing that this parenthetical information is a comment being made to the side.

12) The trick with hyphens is to use them sparingly. If you find yourself creating words every sentence or two, your reader might find that a little much to deal with as hyphens slow the reader down a little and make them pay attention to the new word.

13) When you’re quoting someone and you need to put in some sort of explanation (e.g. clarify a pronoun or use sic to show an error), you put it in square brackets.

14) According to all the music magazines, “it’s the new up-and-coming band”.

15) Double and single quotation marks are pretty much interchangeable; check the conventions for any specific format you might be using.

16) Quotation marks always come in pairs; we say the first set “opens” the quote, and the second set “closes” the quote.

17) These are commonly used in British English, but they’re interchangeable with double quotation marks.

18) If you are using double quotation marks for the “outside quote”, then use single quotation marks for the “inside quote”; if you’re using single quotes on the outside, use doubles on the inside.

19) Annie said, I’ve gone through this whole essay, and I can’t find what your professor means by that other issue”’.

20) My favourite song is Free To Be You And Me.

21) If you end a sentence with a quote that contains end-of-sentence punctuation (period, exclamation mark or question mark), there’s no need for anymore punctuation at the end of the sentence: just let the quote’s punctuation do all the work.

22) They said that the British were coming.

Oh, just one more! Grammarly.com has so many!

23) The neighbour popped in to say hi.