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  • Selma Perry says:

    According to COMMON ERRORS IN LEGAL DOCUMENTS “airbag” is always one word when used in reference to automobiles. (Question #22)

    • Linda Evenson says:

      I thought I had fixed that already. Although the auto industry uses one word for “airbag,” it is still two in Webster’s, and that’s what NCRA uses as their authority. It will probably change to one word at some point, but it hasn’t yet. Thanks for catching that.

      BTW, do I have your name misspelled? Is it Selma or Salma? Thanks.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      I have fixed that one already. I love your sharp eye!

  • Liana Sears says:

    In reference to #25…. This is where I found my answer:

    Awhile vs. a while

    Awhile is an adverb meaning for a while, and it only works where it would bear replacement with that three-word phrase. Where for a while wouldn’t work in its place, it is probably not an adverb, so it should be two words: a while.

    For instance, in the sentence, “Guests waited awhile for food,” awhile is one word because it is an adverb modifying the verb waited (note also that for a while would work in its place). In the sentences, “We have a while left to wait,” and, “I saw her a while ago,” a while is two words because while functions as a noun.

    Awhile has existed in various spellings since the days of Old English,1 but there is a mistaken belief among some English speakers that the word is a new form and thus questionable. That’s why it is so often unnecessarily rendered as two words. And in fact, if you are not comfortable with the word and are unsure if you’re using it correctly, making it two words is always safe because no one will consider it wrong. But careful writers who understand where to deploy the adverbial awhile need not fear it.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      I will have to get back to you on this one. I have 235 pgs. I have to have out today. No rest for the weary =o). I’ll be back!

    • Linda Evenson says:

      Thanks for that very thorough explanation. That’s what I always believed too. If you can substitute “for a while” in the sentence, then “awhile” is correct — meaning a vague time, nothing specific. This is another one I’ll have to go in and look at. I appreciate you taking the time to send that to me.

  • phidaux says:

    Airbag vs air bag. The info given to study for this quiz, Common Errors in Legal Documents, still shows it should be airbag not air bag when referring to automobiles. Thought you might want to change that in the study document.

    Yes, I do. Webster’s still has it as one word, but I think it will morph into one word soon.

  • PamelaM says:

    My comment is also about the “airbag/air bag” question, which was counted wrong on my quiz as well. Caitlin Pyle’s reference form we had to download on this lesson indicates it is one word as well.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      I had asked her to change it to two words which is how it is in Websters. I’m sure it will morph into one word before too
      long, but since I use Webster’s and Morson’s as my authorities, I need to leave it as two words for now. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • ollieshilo says:

    I received an “incorrect” on Question No. 22. Yet, according to “Common Errors in Legal Documents,” this is always one word when used in reference to automobiles.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      The confusion in this question is Webster’s shows air bag as two words while the automotive industry considers it one word. For now, I’ll leave the correct answer as one word because I’m sure it will transition to one word soon, and it would appear on exhibits as one word. If you aren’t sure which your reporter would prefer, you can always flag it in the transcript or ask him/her in an email.

  • ELAINEM says:

    Thank you for the clear explanations on the answers that were wrong.
    The explanations of the “why” on the incorrect answer help in retaining the correct information for future use.

    • lindae says:

      Hi, Elaine –

      You are most welcome. The explanation of the rule so you to know what to do differently in the future is the whole point of testing. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time. You will find that on all ISS tests, I explain every error to you and often have you look up rules yourself because I think that helps them imprint better.

      Tests in a vocational course are a little different than, say, a college course. We are teaching you what you need to know to do an awesome job for your clients after you graduate, so we need to ensure you know the information. If we don’t, we are failing at our job.

      Thank you for your nice comment!

      Linda – Instructor

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