Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 11:48 am
Why is 1am written without a space instead of 1 am (in British English)?

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dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 11:58 am
@tanguatlay,
Tang I've been deprived of my Bookmark Box by the sudden requirement for a password of some sort so I can't gain access to Google. But I'd bet that it's writ both ways, tho I'd also bet the space is more frequent

But don't bet on any of my bets
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saab
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 12:20 pm
bookmark
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 12:30 pm
in Canada (and Wikipedia) the standard is 1 a.m.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12-hour_clock
dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 12:33 pm
@saab,
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bookmark
No Saab, it's labeled: "Little Bookmark Box alias"

Tes defend me
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 12:53 pm
Inserting a space before am or pm is a matter of style preference. There is no general 'rule'. If writing for a specific publication or academic institution, there will usually be a style guide which will state what is required.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 01:01 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Okay thanks Tes but isn't it okay to cap "bookmark" here
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 01:43 pm
@ehBeth,
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in Canada (and Wikipedia) the standard is 1 a.m.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12-hour_clock


This is typography/style rather than "English".

The same article:

Quote:
Related conventions

Typography

[...] Some stylebooks suggest the use of a space between the number and the a.m. or p.m. abbreviation

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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 01:44 pm
@dalehileman,
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Okay thanks Tes but isn't it okay to cap "bookmark" here

The word on its own is not a sentence, so I wouldn't worry about capping it.
saab
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 02:06 pm
@dalehileman,
I put bookmark to follow the question. I could also have put "dog needs food" or anything else.
So there was no reason what so ever to start with yours Little Bookmark Box - something I never ever heard about nor know what it is nor does it interest me
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saab
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 02:08 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Tes help me.
What does it mean "capping bookmark"
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 02:19 pm
@saab,
Capping = capitalising; used in style guides and publishing etc. Making the first letter of a word a capital letter. A style guide might say
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airports cap the name but lc the generic part (if necessary at all), eg Heathrow, Gatwick (no need for “airport”), Liverpool John Lennon airport.

lc=lower case

The Guardian style guide, section on 'capitals'

http://www.theguardian.com/guardian-observer-style-guide-c

saab
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2016 02:26 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Thank you -
If capitalising had been used instead of cap or capping I would have understood what it was about.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2016 01:05 pm
@tanguatlay,
tanguatlay wrote:

Why is 1am written without a space instead of 1 am (in British English)?

Thanks.

I think you're getting too inside baseball (meaning you're likely too focused on anecdotal examples and assuming they're following a set of grammatical rules correctly) with these particular grammatical differences. What source are you citing for that example? Not everyone is that overly attentive with details like that.
A.M., P.M., a.m., p.m.: What Is the Correct Time?
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The Chicago Manual of Style and Garner's Modern American Usage:
4 p.m. or 4 PM (with PM in small capitals)
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2016 01:17 pm
Personally, it never really registers as to how it is presented when I read it in print. I think that tsar is correct that too much attention is being paid to it.

When I type, I simply do 3pm, 4am, 3.30pm, etc., as I think it looks neater than any other way. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it, though.

dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2016 04:07 pm
@saab,
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If capitalising had been used...
Sorry Saab. However I was just as puzzled by the lone word "bookmark"
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Thu 12 May, 2016 12:54 am
@Lordyaswas,
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I wouldn't lose any sleep over it

At 3am?
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