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Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization: a Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
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Author and Affiliation:
Mccaskill, Mary K.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Abstract: Writing problems are addressed which are often encountered in technical documents and preferences are indicated (Langley's) when authorities do not agree. It is directed toward professional writers, editors, and proofreaders. Those whose profession lies in other areas (for example, research or management), but who have occasion to write or review others' writing will also find this information useful. A functional attitude toward grammar and punctuation is presented. Chapter 1 on grammar presents grammatical problems related to each part of speech. Chapter 2 on sentence structure concerns syntax, that is, effective arrangement of words, with emphasis on methods of revision to improve writing effectiveness. Chapter 3 addresses punctuation marks, presenting their function, situations when they are required or incorrect, and situations when they are appropriate but optional. Chapter 4 presents capitalization, which is mostly a matter of editorial style and preference rather than a matter of generally accepted rules. An index and glossary are included.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1990
Document ID:
(Acquired Nov 06, 1995)
Accession Number: 90N26710
Report/Patent Number: NASA-SP-7084, L-16617, NAS 1.21:7084
Document Type: Technical Report
Publisher Information: Washington, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 115p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
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