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Is the E in Empire (name of) and the C in carrera marble caps?

See example:

The homes open floor plan means that while you are cooking in the expansive kitchen, replete with Empire black granite countertops, Carrera marble backsplash and a commercial styled Wolf gas range, you won't have to miss a minute of the party.
asked Apr 20 '12 at 13:43 marymead New member

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Empire Granite is a company that provides marble and granit countertops, so Empire should be capitalized.

 

Carrara Marble is a type of white marble imported from a quarry outside Carrara, Italy (been to the quarry). Because it is a style, both words are capitalized.

 

"commercial styled" should be "commercial-style".

 

Wolf is a manufacturer of gas ranges, so Wolf should be capitalized.

 

There should be a comma after backsplash.  Although newspapers have dropped this comma, it is still required.  The omission of the commas creates uncertainty of meaning. Are there three items in the series or just two with the last being a compound? Is it a series being described, or just one item, further modified by two adjectives?

 

I also question whether Empire is needed in this description. While Carrera tells us something about the marble (its color and degree of "marbling") and Wolf tells us about the range (its not a Kenmore), Empire does not tell us much about the granite. Empire has no monopoly on any special granite type and, other than being ubiquitous, is not "special". In keeping with mentioning Carrara, I would dig deeper for the granite and name the actual type.  For instance, Saint Cloud red granite or Sierra white granite.

link comment answered Apr 20 '12 at 14:49 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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