Issue For July 10, 2006
Writing Question of the Week
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I often see writing such as "She is the one 'that' stabbed him" My question is if 'that' should be replaced with 'who'? Should it read "She is the one 'who' stabbed him"? Thank you for your response.--Douglas
Thanks for writing. You are correct. You would need to replace 'that' with 'who' in a sentence where the antecedent is a person, such as in the example you sent.
The OWL Help Nest
Each week we publish Purdue OWL News readers' requests for advice or information and the responses from other Purdue OWL News readers.
I have always typed times in this format: 9:00am. I see Microsoft Outlook uses 9:00 AM (using a space and caps). What are the accepted forms for presenting a specific time of day, such as this one? --Linda Collins, Cal State San Marcos
You could always use the 24 hour clock system and simply write "09:00". Some people may prefer you to follow this with "hrs." as in "09:00hrs.", but your context should make it obvious that you mean nine o'clock in the morning. Of course it follows that you must be familiar with the 24 hour system: i.e. 21:00 being nine o'clock in the evening.--Ashley Brewin, Hong Kong
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed., reference #9.42 indicates that small capitals appear more often. When small caps are used, periods are unnecessary. The rule of style is, be consistent with which ever you choose; also, respect any In-house Style Guides you are subject to.--Derrell B. Thomas, Norwalk, CA
When I worked in the publications department of my college, we referred to the Chicago Manual of Style for this question. It advises using a space an lowercase with periods (9 a.m.). It also suggests using the time, a space, and then small caps.
As an extra reminder, use noon or midnight instead of confusing people with 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.--Sarah Cannon, Northfield, MN
In journalistic writing, according to the Associated Press, time is designated as 9 a.m.--Marsha Cohen
What are some good, basic first steps for teaching EFL/ESL students in a university setting? Does anyone have any tips or favorite resources on the Web?--Yuni Astuti, Indonesia
You might have a look at this collection of resources on the OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/586/01/. We're in the process of updating our ESL materials for posting on the new OWL, which should also be of help to you in the near future.--Karl Stolley, OWL Webmaster
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What's Happening on the OWL at Purdue
- OWL Eye On...Further OWL Site Design Revisions. After some extensive usability testing on the new OWL during spring of 2006, the OWL Staff has been working on a plan to improve the usability of the new OWL site. If you have any suggestions for improving the new OWL, including the site selection page at http://owl.english.purdue.edu, please let the OWL Webmaster know via the email form at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/582/01/.
What's Happening in the Writing Lab
- OWL Eye On...Writing Lab Multimedia Computer. Students working on multimedia projects can now use the Advanced Multimedia Station in the Writing Lab. This new iMac computer, donated by the Professional Writing Program in the English Department, contains Adobe Creative Suites 2 and Macromedia, allowing students to develop various electronic and print-based documents. Students can also use the color scanner and digital camera to develop their projects.
- OWL Eye On...Summer Hours and Operation. The Writing Lab will offer tutoring and ESL conversation groups throughout the summer. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Conversation groups for ESL students are held on Monday and Tuesday, from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Workshops on writing-related topics are offered by request. Please call 494-3723 for more information about workshops, tutorials, and conversation groups.
This week's OWL News was edited by Karl Stolley, OWL Webmaster.