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Questions tagged [formatting]

Use this tag for questions that relate to how certain aspects of English discourse should be formatted and/or what particular style guides recommend.

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When introducing an initialism for the first time in a paper, but the noun is possessive, do I make the initialism possessive as well?

E.G., "Mobile network operator's (MNO's) networks are overloaded." Or "Mobile network operator's (MNO) networks are overloaded."
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Formatting English Translation in Foreign Dialogue

This short paragraph of German dialogue needs to be translated into English within a larger work: “Zurück bleiben! Fenster schliessen!” Stay back! Close the window! shouted the man on the roof. ...
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Short quotation over two paragraphs

If I am quoting two short consecutive sentences, but the first sentence is the last of a paragraph and the second sentence is the first sentence of the following paragraph, how do I show this? Must I ...
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Should I use a hyphen, an en dash, or an em dash to define or introduce a word? [closed]

I have looked up online and studied usages for the hyphen, en dash, and em dash. I still haven't found an answer if I can define words with a dash in English. The backstory on dashes defining ...
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Using infinitive in bullet points

Can I use an infinitive anytime when I use bullet points style? I learned when I use bullet points, I can start with action verbs: Lists of bullet points will have more impact if each one ...
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How should the name of a series of books be formatted?

I know that you underline – or if you're typing, you put the words in italics – the titles of books, and that you put chapters or quotations from a book in "quotes," but do you do anything to the font ...
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Usage of words between underscores

I noticed that there is people writing words between underscores, such as in the LKML mailing list where Linus Torvalds used to use the following pattern in his message: _hope_, _names_, _I_, _one_ .. ...
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How should I shorten a very wordy title? [closed]

I want to mention a very long title which doesn't have a good shortening using one continuous chunk: An account of a method of dividing astronomical and other instruments, by ocular inspection; in ...
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How should “sensei” be formatted when used alone? Capitalising when addressing someone - using their job title, rank or role in place of a name [closed]

Example sentence: Thank you, sensei. Should it be Sensei, sensei, or sensei? I searched on Google books and I found many versions. (One problem, though, is that I can't see the italics.)
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Shoud I use a new line after Hi (someone's name) in e-mail? [closed]

In an e-mail, suppose we start with Hi John. Should I follow with Hi John, some content (i) or Hi John, some content (ii) Is there any etiquette behind choice (i) vs (ii)?
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When did all-caps formatting come to indicate shouting?

A question on the History stack discusses when all-caps formatting came to indicate shouting in digital text, the answer being that such formatting has been interpreted to indicate shouting long ...
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Pagination styles in novels

While reading novels, I like to put a bookmark on a page where a sentence or a paragraph ends, preferably at the bottom right, which will enable me to just turn the page and put the marker. I can ...
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Can I rearrange a quotation? [closed]

I am quoting a book (The Origins of the Final Solution, Christopher Browning), and am wondering if I can put the quote 'the other way round': The actual quote is this: "Lebensraum and Final ...
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Is there a universal format for 24-hour time?

This may seem like a duplicate but I didn't find the exact answer to this, and all related answers were opposite to each other and confusing to me. At my work (in the US) we use 24-hour format. I ...
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Deleting a word from the start of a quotation

If you delete a single word (or even two or three words) from the start of a quote, should you still use an ellipsis (…) or can you put the first non-deleted word in square brackets ([Word])? ...
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Can you format a bullet list as a paragraph (so to speak)?

I have no objection to using a bullet list, but to save space I'd like to make the list inline. I know it's not strictly correct grammar, but I know with numbered lists like: A good article is made ...