The AMA Handbook of Business Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Style, Grammar, Usage, Punctuation, Construction, and Formatting

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Mad, Angry

Use angry rather than mad. Remember, dogs go mad, people get angry.

Incorrect: Chaital was mad at Ravi.

Correct: Chaital was angry with Ravi.


Margin Notes

Margin notes are often used in documents to provide tips and warnings. Tips can provide hints, shortcuts, or background information.

Margin notes can include a bolded heading that describes the subject of the note. Margin notes can also provide cross-references to direct readers to additional information elsewhere in the document.

Margin notes should be limited to three or four lines of text. Break the lines of margin notes so that they are all approximately the same width.


Mass Nouns

Mass nouns describe things that have no boundaries, such as liquids, powders, and substances.

Example: water, milk, juice, salt, sugar, sand, metal, wood

Mass nouns are also known as uncountable nouns or noncount nouns.

Mass nouns cannot be modified by a numeral without specifying a unit of measure.

Example: I had one quart of milk this morning.

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