Behind the Style

A Parallel Universe

Writers sometimes cause confusion by failing to make the elements in their writing parallel . . .

Not Entitled

In our editing, we often note that writers misuse titles in three key ways . . .

However: Where to Place It?

Claire Kerhwald Cook notes that when however means “but” or “in spite of that,” the term “should follow the element that contrasts with something previously stated” . . .

Verbs with Alternative Subjects

Should you use a singular or plural verb after alternative subjects—that is, two nouns joined by or—when one is singular and the other plural? A common practice is to have the verb agree in number with the second subject of the pair—in other words, with the noun that is closer to the verb . . .

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