Re: appear or appears

Subject: Re: appear or appears
From: "Kubrin, Andy" <AKubrin -at- FEICO -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 13:08:33 -0600

Hello all,

I'm late responding to this one, but in the matter of Step 1 to Step 4
appear[s] ..., I'm basically in agreement with David O'Brien. Only I
would l/c "steps" (because "step" is a common noun) and separate the
numbers with an en-dash (assuming they are inclusive, which the context
suggests). Thus:

steps 1-4 appear ....

I think the Gregg Reference Manual has a paragraph on lower-casing common
nouns when they are numbered items, but my copy is at home, so I can't
cite it here. As for the en-dash, see Chicago Manual of Style, 8.68.

Pedantically yours,


Andy Kubrin
Senior Technical Writer
FEI Company
akubrin -at- feico -dot- com

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