Underlining Items Which Name Themselves

Underlining or Italicizing Items Which Name Themselves

Underline or italicize numbers, symbols, letters, and words which name themselves (or which are used as the figure or word).

Incorrect: "Give me a C!" the cheerleader shouted.
(The letter is used as a letter, it names itself.)

Correct: "Give me a C!" the cheerleader shouted.

Incorrect: His 2's look like 7's.
(The numbers are being referred to as figures; they are not numbering anything.)

Correct: His 2's look like 7's.

Incorrect: How do you spell shepherd?
(The sentence is not about shepherds but about the word shepherd.)

Correct: How do you spell shepherd?

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