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Two footnotes in one sentence
Thread poster: zabrowa
zabrowa
Local time: 18:07
Jan 12, 2009

So, the writer has two footnotes in one sentence, though they are after the same punctuation mark. Since they refer to different observations, I understand why they are separated (despite the fact that I don't think this looks nice).

In any case, how should the footnotes appear in this case, with a common between them?
Or is the idea of two footnotes after one period seem bad form to everyone here?

Thanks for the input!


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Seems fine to me Jan 12, 2009

Some publishers' house style allows multiple notes at the end of a sentence, while other publishing houses don't like it.

In a translation, unless instructed otherwise, I'd leave it as in the source text.

In English I've always seen the note numbers separated with a comma.


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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with Steven Jan 12, 2009

Separate the numbers with a comma, perhaps with a thin space between the comma and the second number. Check with your client for their preferred style; they may wish to have the footnote markers placed next to the terms they reference. However, placing them both at the end of the sentence is logical if they both reference the whole sentence, and I don't seen anything wrong with it (assuming that the nature of the text and readership are suitable for footnotes in the first place).

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Follow-up question ... May 18, 2010

Is the practice of multiple footnotes following a single sentence consistent with Chicago Manual? I reference Turabian when writing (which is based on the 2003 edition of Chicago manual) and can't find anything disallowing it.

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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If I understand correctly, Chicago says multiple references May 18, 2010

cahubble09 wrote:

Is the practice of multiple footnotes following a single sentence consistent with Chicago Manual? I reference Turabian when writing (which is based on the 2003 edition of Chicago manual) and can't find anything disallowing it.


should be rigorously avoided.... (16:34)
"Using more than one note reference at a single location (such as 5,6) should be rigorously avoided. A single note can contain more than one citation or comment..."

Those numbers, of course, should be superscript.

But, you see in their example, they do use a comma to separate multple references....

[Edited at 2010-05-18 22:05 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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May 18, 2010



[Edited at 2010-05-18 22:07 GMT]


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opolt  Identity Verified
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FWIW May 18, 2010

Wikipedia is footnote-land, they have multiple (not just two) footnotes after full stops all over the place. Sometimes half a dozen or so. -- Browsers are of course different from printed documents, but still.

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