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    Default Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    When a sentence ends with "Inc." does it need an another period to complete the sentence? For an example:

    "He observed first-hand the intricacies of outsourcing within the chemical industry and parlayed that experience into the establishment of a successful and rapidly growing XXX Chemical, Inc.."

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    Default Re: Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by tc79
    When a sentence ends with "Inc." does it need an another period to complete the sentence? For an example:

    "He observed first-hand the intricacies of outsourcing within the chemical industry and parlayed that experience into the establishment of a successful and rapidly growing XXX Chemical, Inc.."

    Please advise. Thanks
    tc79

    Incorporated - company's legal structure

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    Default Re: Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    No, you shouldn't add an extra period. One is enough.

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    Default Re: Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    I Agree. Is there a grammar rule that I can reference to? I am trying to convince my co-worker to remove the extra period. Thanks

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    Default Re: Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    Not really- some maintain that the two periods should be used, but modern usage tends towards a simplification of punctuation. Just ask yourself which looks better- I agree with Rewboss that one is enough.

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    Default Re: Using "Inc." at the end of a sentence

    It's really about readability. Three periods "..." is called a "horizontal ellipsis" (don't ask me what a vertical ellipsis is) and indicates that something is missing. Two periods may be misinterpreted as an ellipsis, implying that the sentence is incomplete.

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