Underlining or Italicizing Items Which Name Themselves

Underline or italicize numbers, symbols, letters, and words which name themselves (or which are used as the figure or word).

Incorrect: "Give me a C!" the cheerleader shouted.
(The letter is used as a letter, it names itself.)

Correct: "Give me a C!" the cheerleader shouted.

Incorrect: His 2's look like 7's.
(The numbers are being referred to as figures; they are not numbering anything.)

Correct: His 2's look like 7's.

Incorrect: How do you spell shepherd?
(The sentence is not about shepherds but about the word shepherd.)

Correct: How do you spell shepherd?


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