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Abbreviations

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.160
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For most all-capital abbreviations, the plural is formed by adding s. Do not use an apostrophe before the s. (See also , Punctuation, Apostrophe, Using Apostrophes to Form Plurals.) Note: When plural ... More
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Collective Nouns

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.157
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Collective nouns may take either singular or plural verbs, depending on whether the word refers to the group as a unit or to its members as individuals. In American English, most nouns naming a group ... More
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False Singulars

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.163
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Some nouns, because they end in a “plural” form, are mistakenly taken to be plurals even though they should be treated as singular and take a singular verb (eg, measles, mumps, mathematics, genetics).Measles ... More
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How Plurals Are Formed

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.156
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The plurals of most nouns are formed by adding -s or -es.However, English is irregular enough that it pays to consult a dictionary for most forms. ...
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Latin and Greek vs English

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.158
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There is a trend toward using English plurals rather than the traditional Latin or Greek. However, in most cases the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary or Dorland's or Stedman's ... More
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Microorganisms

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.159
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When referring to the common vernacular plural of a genus, use roman lowercase letters. Consult the latest edition of Dorland's or Stedman's medical dictionary. For organisms that do not have a common ... More
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Plurals

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
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9780195382846
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.003.0009
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The plurals of most nouns are formed by adding -s or -es. However, English is irregular enough that it pays to consult a dictionary for most forms. ...Collective nouns may take either ... More
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Plurals of Symbols, Letters, Numbers, and Years

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.161
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Use 's to indicate the plural of letters, signs, or symbols spoken as such, or for words referred to as words when s alone would be confusing. Note the use of italics with the inflectional ending in roman ... More
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When Not to Use Plurals

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.162
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Beware of “pluralizing” nouns that cannot stand on their own as plurals.serum samples (not “sera”) urine tests (not “urines”) ...

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