Education, Georgia Department of – The Georgia Department of Education is never called the State Department of Education or the Georgia State Department of Education.
e.g. – The phrase for example is preferred. If e.g. is used, precede it by a comma, a semicolon or a dash; always follow with a comma. Do not italicize. See for example versus e.g.
ellipsis (. . .) – Treat an ellipsis (an abridgment of material) as a three-letter word, constructed with three ellipsis points (periods), each separated by a space. Ellipsis points are used primarily to indicate the deletion of one or more words in condensing quotes, texts or documents. They may be used also to indicate a hesitation or pause in speech or to illustrate that a writer has not completed a thought. Do not use ellipsis points to indicate emphasis. Use a colon or a dash. If the words that precede an ellipsis constitute a grammatically complete sentence, either in the original text or in the condensation, place a period at the end of the last word before the ellipsis points; follow the period with a space and the ellipsis points.
e-mail – Electronic mail or message. Note the hyphen. Also e-book, e-commerce, e-business.
end user, end-user – Two words as a noun, hyphenated as an adjective.
ensure – use ensure to mean guarantee. The word insure is for references to insurance. The word assure means to give a person confidence that a doubtful thing will happen. His high test score would ensure that he would pass the course. Therefore, he could assure his parents that he would graduate. Thus they would give him the money to insure his car.
entitled – Use it to mean a right to do or have something. Do not use it to mean titled. He was entitled to his share of the royalties from the co-written short story, which was titled "The Way South."
et al. – Note period. Do not italicize this term, which can mean neither et alibi (and elsewhere) or et alii (and others).
etc., et cetera, etceteras – Generally, use the abbreviation. If spelled out, spell as two words. Etceteras (one word) is a plural noun meaning additional things or persons or the usual extras.
everyone (pro.), every one – Everyone means every person, everybody. Every one means each person or thing of those names. Examples: Everyone arrived on time. The teacher reminded every one of the students personally about the test.
ex- – Hyphenate this prefix when used to form a word meaning former. Examples: ex-wife, ex-chairman, ex-president.
exclamations - Do not attempt to emphasize simple statements by using a mark of exclamation.
- CORRECT: It was a wonderful show. What a wonderful show! Halt!
- WRONG: We went to the show! It was an enjoyable evening! Halt.
exclamation point – Place inside quotation marks when it is part of the quoted material; otherwise, place outside the quotation marks.