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If I refer to two people with the same last name in my writing, should I repeat their full names each time I mention them?

If you refer to two people with the same last name, repeat their full names for subsequent mentions whenever your reader might not be certain which person you are discussing. For example, in the following excerpt, from an essay by Melissa Girard that mentions several people with the last name Johnson, the author gives the full name . . .

Published 5 March 2018

Verbs with Alternative Subjects

By Michael Kandel

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 . . .

Published 28 November 2017

Do the credentials or titles of authors I cite need to be given?

As the MLA Handbook notes (1.2), a title like Dr. or Sir should not be included before a name mentioned in the text and is usually unnecessary to include in your works-cited-list entry. You might, however, explain the qualifications of an author in the body of your essay if they are helpful in making your point or refuting a claim: . . .

Published 23 October 2017

How do I refer to works with identical titles?

It’s not uncommon for a writer to discuss two or more works with the same title. For example, a writer may compare different editions or translations of the same work or discuss a written work and its film adaptation with the same title. When identical titles are styled identically—such as the italic titles of a . . .

Published 29 September 2017

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