Posts related to usage
Are medical terms such as Staphylococcus aureus and their acronyms italicized only at first instance?
Medical terms such as Staphylococcus aureus are italicized at each instance, but acronyms for these terms (in this case, MRSA), are always set in roman… Read More
When is it OK to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction?
You can use a comma or a dash to connect these pairs of sentences, but writing them separately is not incorrect. It is looked upon… Read More
How can I avoid redundancy in my in-text citations?
As the MLA Handbook notes, “The in-text citation should direct the reader unambiguously to the entry in your works-cited list for the source—and, if possible, to a passage in… Read More
How do I style a percentage at the start of a sentence?
Since you should never begin a sentence with a numeral, you should first try to reword the sentence. If you find it unwieldy to reorder… Read More
What pronoun should I use if I do not know the gender identity of the person I am writing about?
Do not use a pronoun in such cases. If a last name is given, repeat the person’s last name on subsequent mentions in your paper. Read More