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their instead of them Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (their) instead of an objective personal pronoun (them) before a gerund lends formality.

György Chityil - George
our instead of us Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (our) instead of an objective personal pronoun (us) before a gerund lends formality.

György Chityil - George
its instead of it Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (its) instead of an objective personal pronoun (it) before a gerund lends formality.

György Chityil - George
his instead of him Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (his) instead of an objective personal pronoun (him) before a gerund lends formality.

György Chityil - George
my instead of me Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (my) instead of an objective personal pronoun (me) before a gerund lends formality.

György Chityil - George
Indefinite Article - Subject Agreement Articles

Indefinite articles, a/an, take singular nouns only.

  • Incorrect: "A big beds of roses"
  • Correct: "A big bed of roses"
György Chityil - George
Hyphenate number plus noun compound modifiers Hyphens

Hyphenate compound adjectives in which one element is a cardinal or ordinal number (whether a figure or a word) and the other a noun (for example, "six-month period", "12-person capacity"). The introduction of the "open" style into the 1985 Statute Revision (for example, six month period) has been superseded.

György Chityil - George
Hyphenate comparative and superlative adjectives when compoundeded with modifiers Hyphens

Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives are hyphenated when compounded with other modifiers (for example,"shorter-term loan").

György Chityil - George
Hyphenate noun-plus-adjective compound modifiers Hyphens

Hyphenate noun-plus-adjective compounds - when they occur in that order - whether used attributively (before the noun) or predicatively (after the noun) (for example, \"duty-free goods\", \"goods that are duty-free\").

György Chityil - George
Stacked Modifiers and Nouns Style

Avoid using long strings of modifiers or nouns. These stacked modifiers and nouns can be hard to read and sometimes create ambiguity. Add a few words (especially prepositions and conjunctions) to make the relationships between nouns clear to the reader.

Weak Example

Previous work has shown that a purified pro-oxidant, vitamin E-deficient fish oil diet protects mice against malaria parasites.

Improved Example

Previous work has shown that feeding a pro-oxidant diet containing fish oil, but devoid of vitamin E, protects mice against malaria parasites.

--Orville A. Levande et al., "Protection against Murine Cerebral Malaria by Dietary-Induced Oxidative Stress," Journal of Parasitology

György Chityil - George