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Word of the Month

Affable: - easy to talk to; kind and polite.
The students found Bob to be affable when he came to talk to them about tractors and lawn mowers.

 

Tip of the Month

NOTES ON CAPITALIZATION

When to capitalize following a colon:
Capitalize the first word after a colon, if it begins a complete sentence.
      Here is my position on the proposal: We cannot start this project
      without a GoFundMe campaign; a bake sale alone will not
      bring in enough funds.

BUT
Do not capitalize after a colon if what follows is a list or a phrase.
      The following positions have been filled: accountant, shop
      foreman, and driver.

How to capitalize in a salutation
      Dear Madam
      My dear Stanley
      Dear Cousin Joan
      My dear Friend
      Most Honorable Judge Baker

When in doubt, contact the Editorial Help Desk for help (Donna_M_Marks@mcpsmd.org)
or call 240-740-2971.

 

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