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Written grammar questions

I'm curious about how people use grammar in written language. Under the cut is a poll with a few questions about how *you* use grammar. This isn't a quiz and there's no 'right' answers.

Poll #1236741 Written grammar

Periods in acronyms?

FAQ
99(78.0%)
F.A.Q
4(3.1%)
F.A.Q.
17(13.4%)
F. A. Q.
3(2.4%)
Other
4(3.1%)

Comma splices/semicolons?

He didn't bother going to the station because he didn't think he would catch the train.
64(49.6%)
He didn't bother going to the station. He didn't think he would catch the train.
9(7.0%)
He didn't bother going to the station, he didn't think he would catch the train.
8(6.2%)
He didn't bother going to the station; he didn't think he would catch the train.
48(37.2%)

Contractions?

Can't
110(85.3%)
Cannot
11(8.5%)
Can not
5(3.9%)
Other
3(2.3%)

Dashes/hyphens in (potential) compound words, part 1

Lower priced books
47(36.4%)
Lower-priced books
81(62.8%)
Lowerpriced books
0(0.0%)
Other
1(0.8%)

Dashes/hyphens in (potential) compound words, part 2

Much maligned president
52(40.6%)
Much-maligned president
73(57.0%)
Muchmaligned president
0(0.0%)
Other
3(2.3%)

Dashes/hyphens in (potential) compound words, part 3

Micro processor
11(8.5%)
Micro-processor
28(21.7%)
Microprocessor
88(68.2%)
Other
2(1.6%)

Dashes/hyphens in (potential) compound words, part 4

E mail
0(0.0%)
E-mail
48(37.2%)
Email
81(62.8%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Colons/dashes to separate ideas?

Please welcome our next guest, Paul Skinner!
56(43.4%)
Please welcome our next guest: Paul Skinner!
47(36.4%)
Please welcome our next guest - Paul Skinner!
15(11.6%)
Please welcome our next guest -- Paul Skinner!
9(7.0%)
Other
2(1.6%)

Gender-neutral pronouns (when you don't know the person)?

I don't know who write this article, but he needs his brain scanned.
8(6.2%)
I don't know who write this article, but she needs her brain scanned.
1(0.8%)
I don't know who write this article, but they need their brain scanned.
93(72.7%)
I don't know who write this article, but sie needs hir brain scanned. (or some other specific gender-neutral pronouns)
1(0.8%)
Other
25(19.5%)

Oxford commas?

I'm going to go shopping, buy some food and come home.
32(24.8%)
I'm going to go shopping, buy some food, and come home.
97(75.2%)
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