Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tips

Language Note of the Week 27

Some typographical niceties today:

1) Don’t use two apostrophes (‘’…’’) instead of quotation marks (“…”).

2) Make sure your quotations marks face in the right direction – i.e. that they are looking at the quoted text.
This is wrong: ”quoted text.”
This is not: “quoted text.”

3) Use the tab key to indent; do not hit the space-bar eight times.

4) Keep your spacing standardized. If you use a single space after a period, do it all the time. If you use two spaces after a period, use…

5) Put the footnote/endnote AFTER the period, not before. (Click the link below for a better visual indication of this tip.)

All Language Notes of the Week are available at:
http://www2.arnes.si/~bjason/LNW.pdf

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Language Note of the Week 26

Short and not simple this week:

instead of the half-Slovenglish “how it would be like…,” write “what it would be like to…”

NOT: “I wonder how it would be like to climb Everest.”

BUT: “I wonder WHAT it would be like to climb Everest.”

The Google test:
1) “how it would be like to” – c. 2 million hits (Slovenia’s population)
2) “what it would be like to” – c. 93 million hits (Germany and Greece’s population combined)

All Language Notes of the Week are available at:
http://www2.arnes.si/~bjason/LNW.pdf

(c) Jason Blake

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Jason Blake’s Language Tips

Jason Blake, a teacher at the English Department in Ljubljana and also a member of the Association for the Study of English, has kindly agreed to share the weekly language tips that he prepares for his students with the readers of this blog. We will post his Language Notes on a weekly basis.

You can find some of Jason’s older tips here (and for even more content, you’re welcome to explore other parts of his webpage). The first tip published on this blog is “Language Note of the Week 26”.

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