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How 'The Times' Strives to Polish Its Contents

You all know how popular and read is The Times The following extract are part of When Spell-Check Can’t Help and adapted from After Deadline, a weekly newsroom critique overseen by Philip B. Corbett, the deputy news editor who is also in charge of The Times’s style manual. Since most writers and bloggers encounter similar troubles, Cogitate thinks these observations might interest all readers, too. The goal, however, is not to chastise, but to point out recurring problems and suggest solutions. "When we stumble over sound-alike words, readers accuse us of turning our editing chores over to a computer program (and not a very sophisticated one). [...] Here’s a reminder from The Times’s style book: reason (n). Both because and why are built into the meaning of reason. So avoid the reason is because and the reason why. Write The reason is that the mayor got more votes and She found out the reason the mayor won. Usually a phrase like reason why the decision was made can be shortened to reason for the decision." All answers to this proposed quiz, is published in the NYT by Philip B. Corbett. Click the link to see what his take con the After Deadline weekly newsroom critique

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