7Mechanics and Miscellaneous Punctuation


Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Identify when and why to capitalize.

• Identify when to write out numbers.

• Identify when to abbreviate.

• List how to use the slash mark, ellipsis mark, quotation marks, italics, and brackets.


Mechanics are not only those who help us with our car! Mechanics are the technical details that make our writing the natural and conversational communication of a professional, not the confusing and awkward utterances of a preoccupied person.


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