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T.O.W. #4: Cleaning Your Copy

February. 10. 2010.

Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More

What did I learn?

  • There is a use for the word WHOM! Who is the subject; whom is the object.
  • The words who/whom are used for people. The words that/which are used for animals or things.
  • Use abbreviations such as Ave., Blvd., and St. when after a full address (1000 Longfellow Blvd.); Spell out and capitalize when the address is without a number (Longfellow Boulevard)
  • When referring to distances, dimensions, and speeds spell out numbers one through nine.
  • The is a big difference between adverse and averse..and it’s not only the ‘d.’ Adverse means unfavorable; used for things. Averse means opposed; used for people.

What surprised me?

  • How to use the word “whom.” I was always convinced this was an “Old-English” word. Who is the subject. Whom is the object being affected by the subject.
  • The address rule of abbreviations: You always use figures for addresses of house and business numbers. You use the abbreviations Blvd., St., and Ave. only with numbered addresses. However, when the number is missing, you spell out and capitalize the formal street name. You lowercase and spell out street names when they are used alone or with more than one street name. The last rule is that all similar words (alley, court, drive, road) are always spelled out.

What do I want to know more about?

  • Not really. This course was very thorough. It did not leave anything out that I have second-guessed when writing. My grammar weakness is style; that section was the most helpful.

♥, Daniella.

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