Symbols
$
 
%
 
&
 
he/she, (s)he, his/hers
 

 

A


a lot
 
a.m.: abbreviating
 
abbreviations: addresses
 
abbreviations: articles
 
abbreviations: commonly used expressions
 
abbreviations: defining
 
abbreviations: group or organization names
 
abbreviations: periods
 
abbreviations: plural form
 
abbreviations: states
 
abbreviations: time designations
 
abbreviations: titles
 
abbreviations: United States
 
abbreviations: weights and measures
 
abbreviations: zip codes
 
academic departments: capitalizing
 
accept/except
 
accessible/assessable
 
acknowledgment
 
acronyms
 
acronyms: articles
 
acronyms: plural form
 
Act: capitalizing
 
active voice
 
additional information: commas
 
addresses: abbreviating
 
addresses: commas with
 
adjectives: commas between
 
adverse/averse
 
affect/effect
 
African American
 
age
 
age discrimination
 
ages: writing
 
agreement: subject and verb
 
AIDS
 
alignment
 
alot
 
alterations in quotations: brackets
 
alterations in quotations: ellipses
 
American Indian
 
among/between
 
ampersand
 
and also
 
and/or
 
and: comma with
 
and: comma with in a series
 
AP Stylebook
 
apostrophe with indefinite pronouns
 
apostrophe: placement
 
apostrophes
 
apostrophes in nouns with two or more parts
 
apostrophes with plural nouns
 
apostrophes with possessive pronouns
 
apostrophes: showing joint ownership
 
appositives: commas with
 
appraise/apprise
 
apprise/appraise
 
argument
 
articles
 
as
 
as best as
 
as per
 
as to whether
 
as well as
 
assessable/accessible
 
assure/insure/ensure
 
attribution
 
averse/adverse
 
awards: capitalizing
 

 

B


bachelor's degree
 
basically
 
being as
 
being that
 
between/among
 
biannually/semiannually
 
billion, trillion, million
 
bimonthly/semimonthly
 
Black
 
blind
 
brackets
 
brand names: capitalizing
 
building names: capitalizing
 

 

C


capitalization: academic departments
 
capitalization: awards
 
capitalization: brand names
 
capitalization: circuit
 
capitalization: Code
 
capitalization: Commonwealth
 
capitalization: Congress
 
capitalization: Constitution
 
capitalization: Court
 
capitalization: defined terms
 
capitalization: departments in an organization
 
capitalization: descriptions of people
 
capitalization: directions
 
capitalization: Earth
 
capitalization: events
 
capitalization: Federal
 
capitalization: first word of each item in a displayed list
 
capitalization: first words in titles and headings
 
capitalization: first words of direct quotations
 
capitalization: first words of sentences
 
capitalization: geographic regions
 
capitalization: God
 
capitalization: Government
 
capitalization: government agencies
 
capitalization: headlines
 
capitalization: highways
 
capitalization: holidays
 
capitalization: hyphenated proper names
 
capitalization: Internet and Web
 
capitalization: Judge
 
capitalization: nationalities
 
capitalization: nicknames
 
capitalization: nouns preceding numbers
 
capitalization: party designations
 
capitalization: person's title
 
capitalization: points of the compass
 
capitalization: political parties
 
capitalization: positions and titles
 
capitalization: proper names
 
capitalization: races
 
capitalization: religions
 
capitalization: roads
 
capitalization: sacred writings
 
capitalization: seasons
 
capitalization: seasons of the year
 
capitalization: signs and notices
 
capitalization: State
 
capitalization: television shows
 
capitalization: Term
 
capitalization: titles
 
capitalization: titles and headings
 
capitalization: wars
 
capitalization: word after a colon
 
capitalization: words derived from proper nouns
 
capitalizing: Act
 
capitalizing: Capitol
 
capitalizing: people in high offices
 
capitalizing: specific people or agencies
 
capitalizing: specific people, places, and things
 
Capitol: capitalizing
 
captions
 
captions: tense
 
car pool
 
catalog
 
catalogue
 
censor/censure
 
censure/censor
 
Central American
 
checklist for proofreading
 
Chicago Manual of Style
 
Chicana
 
Chicano
 
Circuit: capitalizing
 
citation
 
cite sources
 
city of
 
Code: capitalizing
 
collective nouns: agreement with verb
 
collective nouns: pronouns referring to
 
colon: capitalizing first word after
 
colons
 
comma: between two adjectives
 
comma: in a series
 
comma: joining sentences with and, but, or, or nor
 
comma: setting off a word or phrase renaming the noun
 
comma: with appositives
 
commas with quotation marks
 
commas: between unrelated numbers
 
commas: in numbers with four or more digits
 
commas: separating transitional expressions
 
commas: setting off additional information
 
commas: to avoid confusion
 
commas: with contrasting elements
 
commas: with dates and addresses
 
commas: with introductory words and phrases
 
commitment
 
common/mutual
 
commonly used expressions: abbreviating
 
Commonwealth: capitalizing
 
complement/compliment
 
compliment/complement
 
compound adjectives
 
compound words
 
compose/comprise
 
comprise
 
comprise/compose
 
comprised of
 
computations
 
confusing word pairs
 
Congress: capitalizing
 
consecutive/successive
 
consensus
 
consequently joining sentences
 
considered to be
 
Constitution: capitalizing
 
continual/continuous
 
continuous/continual
 
contrasting elements: commas with
 
convince
 
copyright: Web
 
Court: capitalizing
 

 

D


dash
 
dash and hyphen
 
dash: em dash
 
dash: en dash
 
data
 
data base
 
database
 
dates
 
dates: commas with
 
days
 
days or months: abbreviating
 
decimals: write in numbers
 
deductible
 
defined names
 
defined names
 
defined names: checking
 
defined names: using consistently
 
defined terms: capitalizing
 
defined terms: spelling consistently
 
degrees
 
deletions in quotations: brackets
 
deletions in quotations: ellipses
 
departments in an organization: capitalizing
 
dependent
 
descriptions of people: capitalizing
 
diabetes
 
disabilities
 
disabled
 
disc
 
discrete/discreet
 
discrete/discreet
 
discrimination: sexual orientation
 
diseases
 
disk
 
distinct/distinctive
 
distinctive/distinct
 
doctor
 
doctor's degree
 
documenting sources
 
dollars
 
double quotation marks
 
Dr.
 
due to the fact that
 

 

E


e.g.
 
each and every
 
Earth: capitalizing
 
effect/affect
 
ellipses
 
ellipsis
 
em dash
 
e-mail
 
E-mail
 
e-mail addresses
 
embarrass
 
emminent/imminent
 
emphasis: italics
 
en dash
 
ending direct questions
 
ensure/assure/insure
 
equally as
 
essentially
 
etc.
 
ethnic groups: hyphenation
 
ethnic names
 
events: capitalizing
 
every day
 
everyday
 
ex officio
 
exceedingly/excessively
 
except/accept
 
excessively/exceedingly
 
existence
 

 

F


fax
 
federal
 
Federal: capitalizing
 
fewer/less
 
figuratively
 
firstly
 
font
 
foreign words and phrases
 
foreign words: italics
 
foreword
 
foreword/forward
 
format: proofreading
 
forward/foreword
 
fractions
 
fragment sentences
 
full time
 
fund-raising
 

 

G


gender neutrality
 
generic names
 
gentleman
 
geographic regions: capitalizing
 
gerunds: pronouns before
 
God: capitalizing
 
got
 
government agencies
 
Government: capitalizing
 
gray
 
grey
 
group names: abbreviating
 

 

H


had ought
 
hadn't ought
 
harass
 
hard copy
 
he/she
 
headings: capitalization
 
headlines
 
high school
 
highways: capitalizing
 
his/hers
 
Hispanic
 
holidays: capitalizing
 
home page
 
however joining sentences
 
however: commas with
 
hyphen and dash
 
hyphen: ex officio
 
hyphen: high school
 
hyphen: high tech
 
hyphen: Mexican American
 
hyphenated proper names: capitalizing
 
hyphenation: ethnic groups
 
hyphens: African American
 
hyphens
 
hyphens: nationalities and races
 

 

I


i.e.
 
if/whether
 
imminent/emminent
 
impediment/obstacle
 
imply/infer
 
in house
 
in order to
 
in regard to
 
in terms of
 
inadvertent
 
indefinite and round numbers
 
indefinite pronouns: apostrophe placement
 
indentation
 
indenting quotations
 
indexes/indices
 
Indian
 
indices/indexes
 
indispensable
 
infer/imply
 
information superhighway
 
inserting corrections
 
insure/assure/ensure
 
interdisciplinary
 
interesting
 
Internet
 
internet
 
Internet: capitalization
 
intranet
 
introductory words and phrases: commas with
 
irregardless
 
Islam
 
italics or quotation marks
 
italics: abbreviations
 
italics: acronyms
 
italics: books and periodicals
 
italics: ex officio
 
italics: foreign words and phrases
 
italics: foreign words, titles, emphasis
 
italics: movie names
 
its: apostrophe
 

 

J


joining sentences: semicolons
 
Judge: capitalizing
 
judgment
 
just
 
justification
 

 

K


kind of
 

 

L


lady
 
landmark
 
Latin American
 
Latina
 
Latino
 
less/fewer
 
letter format
 
liaison
 
license
 
list items: semicolons
 
lists: capitalization of items
 
literally
 
lowercase
 

 

M


mankind, man
 
margins
 
marketplace
 
master plan
 
master's degree
 
media
 
medium
 
metric
 
Mexican
 
Mexican American
 
Mid-South
 
Midwest
 
million, billion, trillion
 
MLA Style Manual
 
money
 
money: writing
 
Moslem
 
Mother Nature
 
movie names
 
Muslim
 
mutual/common
 

 

N


names: first and last
 
names: spelling out
 
nationalities
 
nationalities: capitalizing
 
Native American
 
nature
 
necessitate
 
newspaper names
 
nicknames: capitalizing
 
non-
 
non-discrimination statement: longer
 
non-discrimination statement one-line version
 
non-sexist writing
 
noon
 
notices of events
 
nouns preceding numbers: capitalizing
 
numbered items: proofreading
 
numbers beginning sentences
 
numbers: ages
 
numbers: commas between
 
numbers: commas with
 
numbers: indefinite and round
 
numbers: street
 
numbers: sums of money
 
numbers: telephone
 
numbers: trillion, billion, million
 
numbers: with symbols and abbreviations
 
numbers: writing decimals
 
numbers: writing out one through nine
 

 

O


objective case for pronouns with infinitives
 
objective case when pronoun is object of a preposition
 
objective case with pronouns
 
obstacle/impediment
 
occasion
 
occurrence
 
on account of
 
online
 
only
 
onscreen
 
or or nor: verbs with
 
ordinals
 
organization names: abbreviating
 
orientate
 
otherwise joining sentences
 
ownership: showing
 

 

P


p.m.: abbreviating
 
page numbers
 
paragraphs: indenting
 
parentheses
 
parentheses: enclosing numbers
 
part time
 
party designations: capitalizing
 
passive voice
 
per
 
percent
 
periodicals
 
periods with quotation marks
 
periods in abbreviations
 
periods: United States
 
perseverance
 
personal style sheet
 
person's title: capitalizing
 
persuade
 
Ph.D.
 
phone numbers: punctuation
 
plural nouns: apostrophes
 
plurals of abbreviations and acronyms
 
plus
 
point in time
 
points of the compass: capitalizing
 
political parties: capitalizing
 
positions: capitalizing
 
possessives before gerunds
 
post-
 
pre-
 
precede/proceed
 
prepositions ending sentences
 
prerogative
 
previous
 
prime ' and double prime "
 
principal/principle
 
principle/principal
 
prior to
 
privilege
 
problem solving
 
proceed
 
proceed/precede
 
pronoun is object of a preposition: objective case
 
pronoun: following form of to be
 
pronoun: subjective case
 
pronouns with gerunds
 
pronouns: collective nouns
 
pronouns: objective case
 
pronouns: objective case with infintives
 
proofreader's marks
 
proofreader's role
 
proofreading
 
proofreading area
 
proofreading errors
 
proofreading for format
 
proofreading in stages
 
proofreading mindset
 
proofreading tools
 
proofreading: comparing documents
 
proofreading: computer screen
 
proofreading: letters and numbers
 
proofreading: numbered items
 
proofreading: omitted words or sentences
 
proofreading: preparing for
 
proofreading: procedure
 
proofreading: spelling
 
proofreading: style manual
 
proofreading: transposed letters
 
proofreading: typing errors
 
proofreading: using a checklist
 
proofreading: using dictionaries
 
proper names: proofreading
 
publications: quotation marks or italics
 
published work titles
 
punctuation: type style
 

 

Q


quarters
 
question marks
 
quite
 
quotation marks
 
quotation marks or italics
 
quotation marks: around words or expressions
 
quotation marks: books and periodicals
 
quotations
 
quotations: indenting
 

 

R


race names
 
races
 
races: capitalizing
 
re-
 
really
 
reason is because
 
reason why
 
religions: capitalizing
 
roads: capitalizing
 
rooms: capitalizing
 
round numbers
 

 

S


sacred writings: capitalizing
 
seasons
 
seasons of the year: capitalizing
 
secondly
 
semiannually/biannually
 
semicolon with therefore, however, otherwise, consequently, or thus
 
semicolons in lists
 
semicolons: joining sentences
 
semimonthly/bimonthly
 
sentence fragments
 
separate
 
set up
 
setup
 
sexist language: mankind, man
 
sexual orientation
 
shortened names
 
showing ownership
 
sic
 
signs and notices
 
since
 
single quotation marks
 
so as to
 
sort of
 
sources: documenting
 
South American
 
spacing
 
spacing after colons
 
spacing before the first parenthesis
 
spacing between sentences
 
Spanish
 
spans of decades
 
spell checker
 
spelling proper names: proofreading
 
spelling: names
 
spelling: proofreading
 
split infinitives
 
state abbreviations
 
state of
 
State: capitalizing
 
states: abbreviating
 
stereotypes
 
streets
 
Strunk and White
 
style manual
 
style sheet: personal
 
stylebook sources
 
subject/verb agreement
 
subject/verb agreement with or or nor
 
subject/verb agreement: collective nouns
 
subject/verb agreement: with there or here
 
subjective case with pronouns
 
subjects joined by or or nor
 
subjects joined by and: number
 
successive/consecutive
 
supersede
 
suppose to
 
symbols with abbreviations
 
symbols with numbers
 

 

T


telephone numbers
 
television shows
 
tense
 
Term: capitalizing
 
the: in books and periodicals
 
theater
 
theatre
 
their for singular
 
theirs: apostrophe
 
there or here: subject/verb agreement
 
therefore joining sentences
 
thirdly
 
thru
 
thus joining sentences
 
thusly
 
til
 
time designations: abbreviating
 
time of day
 
time zones: abbreviating
 
time, date, place
 
titles (people): capitalizing
 
titles: abbreviating
 
titles: capitalization
 
titles: italics
 
titles: published works
 
totally
 
toward
 
trademarks
 
transitional expressions: with commas
 
transposed letters
 
transpositions
 
try and
 
type style of punctuation
 

 

U


United States
 
uppercase
 
URLs
 
used to
 
USPS abbreviations
 
utilize
 

 

V


verb when subjects are joined by and
 
verb with or or nor
 
very
 

 

W


wars: capitalizing
 
Web
 
Web addresses
 
Web site
 
Web: capitalization
 
website
 
weights and measures: abbreviating
 
who and whom
 
whoever and whomever
 
whether/if
 
whether/whether or not
 
withhold
 
word division
 
word division: abbreviations
 
word division: acronyms
 
word division: addresses
 
word division: contractions
 
word division: dates
 
word division: deciding where
 
word division: numbers
 
word division: person's name
 
word division: proper names
 
word division: words that must be read together
 
word processor
 
words derived from proper nouns: capitalizing
 
workforce
 
workload
 
workplace
 
workstation
 
World Wide Web
 
would of
 
writing out one through nine
 

 

X


 

Y


 

Z


zip codes: abbreviating