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From: "Alison Hare" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Punctuation, vertical lists
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:30:56 -0500
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Elizabeth

When I said they would tsk, tsk I was looking at 6.127, where they say a vertical list is "best introduced by a complete grammatical sentence." CP's example didn't do that. However, I did notice that CMS didn't say the "only" way to start a list is with a complete grammatical sentence.

Alison

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From: Elizabeth Shown Mills
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Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] Punctuation, vertical lists



Alison wrote:
>My very old Canadian Press style guide (1983) would let Richard do this.
...
> However, if I understand this whole discussion properly, CMS would tsk,
tsk CP's style because the introduction is not a complete grammatical
sentence.

Alison, I'm not so sure that Chicago's editors would tsk, tsk. They don't
address elliptical constructions such as the one Richard presents. They
address it only in the sense of trailing thoughts ("Please look at the
example beginning 'The spirit of our American radicalism ...' and tell me
how you would shorten it." [CMS, 15th, 11.59]

As with any manual, there are always things not covered--even with something
the size of CMS (or EE :).

In the case of Chicago, certainly the U of Chicago Press publishes books
that use elliptical constructions, in which instances a situation such as
the one presented by Richard (or Samuel Goldwyn) could well occur.

Elizabeth






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