It was a loss for the book authors who sued, but a victory for free use of information. A ruling in Google’s favor in a complicated lawsuit over its digitization of millions of books may be more of a boon to authors than a royalty check would have been had they won.
For Who the Bell Tollsis a new grammar and style guide by David Marsh, production editor of Britain’s Guardian newspaper and coauthor of the paper’s publicly available style guide. Clearly the book comes out of Marsh’s work at The Guardian, reflecting many of the rules in the paper’s style guide.
During last week’s #PuncChat, one participant wondered about adding a comma after an introductory phrase. When do you need the comma? When can you drop it?
These are questions of grammar and rhythm, often addressed to varying degrees by style guides. Apply the following five questions to help you decide whether to drop the comma, your style guide notwithstanding.
English verbs are pretty simple. We don’t have a complex system of verb endings, as many languages do, and we have relatively few irregular verbs. But English still has an elaborate system of tenses, aspects, voices, and moods. Keeping them all straight can be difficult if you don’t know the terminology.