Contract ‘to’ before a letter sign?

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    Chris Clemens

    I read with interest your post in June about whether to use the letter sign in the name Ida B as we now face a similar situation where two different proofreaders have said two different things. The issue in question is whether to contract the word 'to' in the series title: A to Z Mysteries. One proofreader said you are not supposed to contract & hook 'to' to a letter sign, and another proofreader said you could. Your thoughts?

    Chris Clemens

    Excellent question! The answer used to depend on the type of book being transcribed. With the release of the new Formats Guidelines, the answer to this question is very simple. EBAE is now the governing code book for this situation. There is no longer any need to differentiate between literary and textbook, they are both treated the same. Yes "to, into, by" should be contracted and joined to letters. See EBAE Rule XIII Sect. 41 and Rule II Sect. 12.a.(2).


    Great! Thanks so much for your help!

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