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If you have been a programmer for more than two or three years, you have probably been significantly slowed down by someone else’s messy code. The second sentence "If you have been a programmer for longer than two or three years, you have probably been slowed down by messy code. The degree of the slowdown can be significant. (...) The intention is that ...


This is a style question, so there is no right answer unless it be that whatever style preference a publishing house insists on is the right answer. Still, there does seem to be a tendency in mainstream U.S. style guides to treat military units (companies, battalions, etc.) as part of a proper name when it appears with a particular identifying word, letter, ...


One would normally consider a Marine Corps style guide as authoritative for a military word or phrase over an editor. That said, is it really worth a fight with an editor even if they are wrong?


Chicago's position The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (2003) asserts this broad rule against combining question marks (or exclamation points) and commas (or periods): 6.123 When to omit comma or period. Neither a period (aside from an abbreviating period) nor a comma ever accompanies a question mark or an exclamation point. The latter two marks, ...

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