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Plurals

David Crystal has a good section on the peculiarities of English here (68-79). His advice on 'government is' vs 'government are' seems to apply to a lot of puzzling variations: "It depends on what is meant" (76). He has a good quote from a scientist on data: "If I write 'data is', people will think I'm ignorant - that I don't know my classical languages. If I write 'data are', people will think I'm pedantic and stuffy." (77). Crystal confesses he could not help, and suggests avoiding the issue.

policy

policymaking (UN new), policy-making (WHO:92, formerly old UN:347), policy-maker (WHO:92), policy-maker (NSOED ), but policymaker (UN new)

possessives

See 'Apostrophe "s"' (at least I think that's how it's punctuated according to the rules, though not in any civilized country).

Publications, print and online (separate article)

punctuation

I just don't see how anyone can claim to say the last word on this. Look at my trouble with punctuating the sentence on possessives. Or go the references - there you will find question marks and exclamation marks followed by a comma (the marks are in the titles of books). Where can you find help on punctuating a reference at the end of a quotation, as in "said to be ill." (298). Shouldn't it be: "said to be ill" (298).? (or should I punctuate that: '"said to be ill" (298).'?

 

 

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