1. Rumwriter

    Rumwriter Active Member

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    Dos

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Rumwriter, Oct 19, 2016.

    A sentence like "The dos and don'ts of business management," doesn't it look weird to have "dos?" (For me, I want to read it as "doss.") But this is correct, yet?
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    Dos and don'ts is recommended by CMS. I think AP suggests do's and don'ts, which doesn't make a lot of sense, in my view. I'd go with what you have unless you know the editor follows a style guide that rejects it.
     
  3. Jeff Countryman

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    That's a good question! :) Perplexing. I like do's for reading continuity - I'd stumble on dos for a second which would interrupt my attention momentarily. I really have no clue as to the absolute grammatically correct answer.
     
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    dosEquis.jpg I think the apostrophe separates it from the number 2. :p
     
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    Lyrical Frumious Bandersnatch

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    When I read "dos and don'ts" my Spanish kicks in and I read the number. For reading, I definitely like do's and don'ts. I'm sure @Wreybies would be of tremendous help in this regard.
     
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    Wreybies Thrice Retired Supporter Contributor

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    @Steerpike is correct. It should be dos and don'ts.
     

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