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Hardest style/grammar rules to get right

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dog eat dog world, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    I'm talking about those frustrating non-edits that get a "@##@#$#" under your breath when you miss them from mental blocks, or whatever.

    Of course if they are mental blocks, you probably won't remember them now. lol.
  2. Lieslntx

    Lieslntx Active Member

    Appositive commas.
  3. champ_kind

    champ_kind Well-Known Member

    like vs. such as. not actually hard to get right, but very often used incorrectly
  4. Precious Roy

    Precious Roy Active Member

    The one that gets me every time and it's because I'm stubborn is the subject-verb agreement on singular team nicknames (Heat, Thunder, Avalanche).
    I always want to make those plural because the nickname represents a number of people, much like when there is an s on the end of the nickname in normal teams.
    Always hangs me up and makes me feel stupid because my brain wants to do one thing that's wrong and I know it's wrong.
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Umm... what style book you followin'?
  6. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    Yep. Some shops ignore this completely (as does the AP) and you see a lot of "The Heat snapped their 23-game losing streak" while other papers do it correctly (or incorrectly if you are on the other side). My preference is use they or theirs.
    Normally though I just change to the city when I can. Miami snapped its 23-game losing streak and use the team when there won't be confusion: LeBron James had 2 points for the Heat.
  7. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    said that

    I know it should be easy, but I've second-guessed myself so many times.
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I still get fucked by who/whom. Doesn't matter. Can't fucking get it.
  9. brandonsneed

    brandonsneed Member

    I always eff up lay vs. lie. Understand it when I look it up, but always forget in the middle of writing.
  10. Rawbot

    Rawbot Member

    This. I'm no dummy by any means, but I'm a goner when it comes to who/whom.
  11. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Then/Than always gets me.
  12. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    Totally get ya.
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