Friends, the Scribe worships his minuscule but devoted following and relishes reader questions. This arrived in last week’s mailbag:
Long time reader, first time writer—please be gentle!! Last week, while watching the Sochi Olympic Games, I started puzzling over a grammar question: do you insert a period when a sentence ends with an expression that takes a period, such as “U.S.” or “Inc.”?
First of all, kudos for taking time to puzzle over a grammar question while watching curling, hockey, and other favorite Olympic sports! Second, thanks for asking this question—which comes up often in writing. The simple answer is that there is no period when an expression that takes a period ends a sentence, e.g.,
- Beaverton is the home of Nike, Inc. (not, “of Nike, Inc..”)
- It is a congressional election year in the U.S. (not, “in the U.S..”)
That is all for now …