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Some American English
Grammar Rules

Windows:  XP, Windows 7,8

     
  Some American English Grammar Rules  

Some American English Grammar Rules

Note:  best also to consult other sources as well, since some accounts may differ

 

END QUOTATION MARKS:

For End Quotation Marks:  The next two items "depend" on sentence structure"

End quotes go INSIDE a question mark if the quotes are separate:  He said, “Have you heard of “A stitch in Time Saves 9”?

End quotes for exclamation points are similar to the above for question marks

For End Quotation Marks:    The following items seem to be true "all of the time," say some references

End quotes always go AFTER a period or comma, not before.  So:    .”  or , “   = yes, but not   “.   or  “, 

End quotes go AFTER a question mark if the whole sentence is part of the question.  “What are you doing?” he asked.

Quotes within quotes use single quote marks as, He said, “Susan said, ‘Go home when you are done.’ “   If you have interior quotes used, best to leave a space between single quotes and double quotes to separate them for the reader.

If more than one paragraph for a quote, then the old paragraph should not have end quotes, but a new paragraph yes – as the multi-paragraph quote continues.  When all paragraphs for the quote are done, THEN the end quote on the last one.


SPACES after SENTENCES and SEMICOLONS :

NEW:  Some places encourage now only one space after sentences and semi colons: . :.?!   OLD IDEA:  two spaces

Our “Fix some spelling errors” in our pull down menu does one space, unless you click the option by it for two spaces

(issue:  the two space thing after sentences is now said to be a temporary typesetter problem, now fixed with computers)


COMMAS – Often used before a quote, such as:   He said, “Go now, please.” , or after as:  “Yes,” she said. (note that for here, the comma in “Yes,” is placed inside the quote - as explained above under end quotes)


CAPITALIZATION

Capitalize the first word of a document

Capitalize the first word of a new sentence, and always after a period.  Note that it is common to use a capital inside a quote, such as:  He asked, “Where are you Going?”

Capitalize a Proper Name of a Person or Place, Countries, States, Territories, Companies, Brand Name, name of a group

Capitalize calendar events as Months, Days of the week, Holidays, and some Specific Events

Capitalize Religions, Races, Nationalities, Tribes, Peoples, Political Parties

Capitalize Titles before a person’s name.  So it is “generals” but would be General Eisenhower, also Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr.

Do not capitalize a “type” of item, as congressmen, men, women, captains,  natives when not referring to a group or specific person


 

   
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