I'm confused by what the correct format is when referring to centuries! Please help.
1.Abbreviation:If I want to abbreviate "the 20th century", do I write "the 20th c"? Can "the" be omitted, too?
Computer is invented in 20th c.
2.Writing two centuries:
I'll just give examples:The Hundred Years' War in 14th-15th c was ignited by quarrels for the succession of the French crown.Are there any problems in both sentences?
The Hundred Years' War in the 14th-15th century was ignited by quarrels for the succession of the French crown.
Thank you Mr./Ms Gillnetter! The corrections and other advice are so informative and detailed!
So when I'm writing an essay, basically I'd better write the centuries the complete way because it is more formal. Am I right?:)
I've been always wanting to improve my "style" in writing so that my compositions don't look "messy & wild", but I just have no ideas what resources I can rely on.
I just accidentally found a "style guide" on "The Economist"and am browsing through it already, but unsure if my style can be repaired by only this guide.(I'm so surprised seeing a magazine teach you how to write! But that's good anyway)
Or should I better purchase a book lest I should miss a lot of knowledge maybe?(Like, owning The Chicago Manual of Style?)Hmm~
Thank you again. I hope my problem is not too odd!
Chicago is a standard for many, but it's not always easy to use.
See if you have one in your local library before making the investment.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.