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Grammar/style .... walked on

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BB Bobcat, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    A) Joe Shmo walked on to the baseball team.
    B) Joe Shmo walked onto the baseball team.
    C) Joe Shmo walked-on to the baseball team.

    I couldn't find a specific reference in the AP stylebook, and the dictionary wasn't much help for this sports-specific verb, but my gut tells me that A makes the most sense. Perhaps C. Definitely not B.

    What say you SportsJournalists.com?
  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    D. None of the above.
  3. mrbigles01

    mrbigles01 Member

    A, but I am basing that on nothing more than a gut instinct of how I would do it.
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    He walked on, so he walked on to the baseball team.

    If he had walked onto the baseball team, he would have trampled his new teammates, which isn't good for first impressions.
  5. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Your best choice is to recast the sentence.

    But if I had to use that exact verbiage, I would go with -- and have seen it this way in well-edited publications -- "walked on to the baseball team" (option A).

    Option B, using the very specific preposition "onto," denotes a spatial relationship, as in "The missile fell onto the deck of the ship."

    Option C misuses a hyphen ... "walked-on" is not a compound modifier.
  6. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    Definitely not B, unless he physically walked on top of the team.

    Joe Schmo was a walk-on on the baseball team.

    I don't know that the hyphen there translates to C. I think I'd still go with A.
  7. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    he was a walk-on with the baseball team.

  8. writingump

    writingump Member

    How about walked on the baseball team?
  9. That's essentially the same as Option B, no?
  10. If you really want to stay with the active verb -- "He made the baseball team as a walk-on."
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    I think coaches are now insisting that they be referred to as non-scholarship student-athletes.
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "He non-scholarship student-athleted on to the team."
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