Grammatical Preference

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Grammatical Preference

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Atkinson-Baker Nationwide Court Reporters – DepositionsWhat do you prefer?

Where did you work when — Strike that. Where are you working?

Where did you work when — strike that. Where are you working?

Where did you work when — strike that — where are you working?

Where did you work when — strike that — Where are you working?

Where did you work when — Strike that — Where are you working?

Where did you work when — strike that. (new paragraph) Where are you working?


You went home; correct?

You went home, correct?

You went home; right?

You went home, right?

You went home; isn’t that correct?

You went home, isn’t that correct?


I mean you went home after the party?

I mean, you went home after the party?


My question is: Why did you do that?

My question is, why did you do that?

My question is why did you do that.


Your May 5th, 1996, letter.

Your May 5th, 1996 letter

Your May 1995 letter.

Your May, 1995, letter.

Your May 1995, letter.


Dates:

1/5/96

1-5-96

01-05-96


Commas in a series:

apples, oranges and pears

apples, oranges, and pears


What, if anything, is wrong.

What if anything is wrong.


Did he, in fact, threaten you?

Did he in fact threaten you?


Time of day:

(If witness says, “I got home at six.”)

I got home at six.

I got home at 6:00 o’clock.

I got home at 6.

I got home at 6:00.

(If witness says, “I got home at six o’clock.”)

I got home at six o’clock.

I got home at 6:00 o’clock.

I got home at 6 o’clock.


Page No. 1

page No. 1

Page Number 1

page number one


Exhibit No. 1

Exhibit Number 1


I bought 10 skinny goats and 4 fat hens.

I bought 10 skinny goats and four fat hens.

I bought ten skinny goats and four fat hens.


That happened in the ’70s.

That happened in the seventies.


A.  Forty miles an hour.

A.  40 miles an hour.


Q.  How old are you?

A.  37

A.  Thirty-seven.


Do you use inaudibles such as:

uh-huh

huh-uh

shhhh

huh?

um


Objection, irrelevant

Objection; irrelevant

Objection. Irrelevant


Q. Okay.

So you went home immediately?

Q. Okay. So you went home immediately?

Special thanks to Martha Ventimiglia, CSR, for providing this sample worksheet. 

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