Should Kelvin symbol have a preceding space?

I’m working on a lighting product catalogue with products from many overseas suppliers. In regards to colour temperature, some of them put a space character before Kelvin symbol, some not: 4000K, 5600K or 4000 K, 5600 K Is there any official recommendation here? Edit: It was suggested that this question is a duplicate of similar … Read more

Can we use the wording “We can not only … but also …”?

Is the following wording okay? He can not only do this, but also do that. In this case, it seems that the writer is dividing ‘cannot’ into two words. Is that acceptable? Answer “Can not” is the original form, “cannot” and “can’t” being contractions; all three are acceptable when referring to someone’s inability to do … Read more

Why is the noun “blacklist” (written without a space) in the dictionary, but not “whitelist”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question Checking Oxford Dictionaries Online, I find the noun blacklist, written as one word, and the noun white list, written … Read more

Is “webdesigner” a word?

I am a uh, designer of websites, and I would like to use the phrase for my profession correctly. Unfortunately, webdesigner is flagged by Google Chrome’s spellchecker as a misspelling, and web designer and web-designer are suggested as alternatives. Dictionary.com only suggests web designer, not even web-designer. Is webdesigner a misspelling? Answer “Misspelling” is a … Read more

touchscreen, touch-screen, touch screen? Merriam-Webster and Oxford disagree

I have searched but cannot find a definite answer on the correct to write “touch screen”. Merriam-Webster says touch screen. Oxford says touchscreen. And random people around the internet say “touch-screen”. What is the most correct and professional way to write touchscreen in the following sentence? We recommend using your touchscreen device instead of a … Read more

Is it okay to omit the space after a comma in square bracket references, e.g. “[45,46,47,64]” in a research paper

Should you still apply the rule that there is a space after the comma, or is it an accepted practice to omit the space in this case? Answer This is strictly a style manual question. Check with the publisher of your paper. If it’s a university (your MS thesis or PhD dissertation), you’ll have to … Read more

How is a misuse of punctuation spacing perceived by native British and American people?

I am a Frenchie and an English enthusiast. In my language, we use spaces before quotation marks, exclamation marks, and colons. While I’m aware that this is not the case in English, there are times when, having written in French before, I’ll forget about it and use a space before a quotation mark in an … Read more

Is it okay to omit the space after a comma in square bracket references, e.g. “[45,46,47,64]” in a research paper

Should you still apply the rule that there is a space after the comma, or is it an accepted practice to omit the space in this case? Answer This is strictly a style manual question. Check with the publisher of your paper. If it’s a university (your MS thesis or PhD dissertation), you’ll have to … Read more