What is the right way to higlight a word?

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I realise many people use different way for highlighting a word; are they all acceptable in formal writing?

 

Example:

We do not use 'a' or 'an' when talk about uncountable noun.

or

We do not use "a" or "an" when talk about uncountable noun.

or

We do not use a or an when talk about uncountable noun.

or

We do not use a or an when talk about uncountable noun. (italicize)

 

Thanks.

asked Jun 26 '12 at 16:35 Elijah New member

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This is a matter of style, and the various style guides do not always agree.  I'm going to use the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2010) for my answer. The Chicago manual is perhaps the most widely used style guide for academic book publishing.

 

For your example, the correct format is the second -- We do not use "a" or "an" when talking about uncountable nouns. When referring to a word as a word (or a letter as a letter), the word is placed in quotation marks. In your example, you are not so much highlighting the word as referring to it as a word.

 

For highlighting ordinary words in text, Chicago recommends using italics -- sparingly. Chicago recognizes that some book designers prefer using bold text and that for some book types -- textbooks -- bold may be preferred. Nonetheless, the University of Chicago Press uses italics as its house style.

 

If you are writing a term paper, ask your teacher what style to follow. Three widely used guides for academic papers are:

 

Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (5th edition, University of Chicago Press). Turabian, a long-time editor at the University of Chicago Press, provides a simplified version of the Chicago Manual of Style intended for typewritten manuscripts.

 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition, Modern Language Association).

 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

link comment answered Jun 26 '12 at 19:57 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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