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I.E. & E.G.

These abbreviations come from Latin: e.g.: exempli gratia, meaning “for example.” i.e.: id est, meaning “it is” Use a period after each letter, but no space. Always follow either with a comma. It’s often best to use them in parentheses,...Read More

Check out, checkout, & check-out

“Check out” (without a hyphen) is a verb. It’s what you do at check-out. “Check-out” (with a hyphen) is a noun. It’s the act of checking out of the hotel, or the time when you check out. “Checkout” is the cash register or the web page on which you pay for the room...Read More

Key card & keycard

A card that functions as a key is called a “keycard.” Use as one word, not two. Example Stop by the front desk to get an extra keycard....Read More

On site & on-site

“On-site” is an adjective. It comes before the noun it describes. “On site” is a prepostitional phrase. It comes after the noun it describes. “Onsite” is not a thing, but it looks like the name for a pretty rock. It’s preferable to...Read More

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