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What is the APA issue(s) in the following passage? An innovative approach to breaking the generational cycle of poverty involves creating Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Individual Development Accounts are a special type of savings account that match the deposit amounts when the funds are withdrawn to make a qualifying purchase such as (1) purchasing a home as a primary residence, (2) paying for postsecondary education or job training, or (3) creating a retirement savings account.



A. The abbreviation for IDAs should be used to start the second sentence.
B. The colon in the second sentence is misused and unnecessary.
C. The in-line series should use lowercase letters such as (a), (b), (c) rather than numbers.
D. None of the above

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Answered Sep 09, 2016

The abbreviation for idas should be used to start the second sentence. -2. the colon in the second sentence is misused and unnecessary.-3. the in-line series should use lowercase letters such as (a), (b), (c) rather than numbers.-no flip-flopping with abbreviations. according to apa style rules, once you have defined an abbreviation by writing out the full term and placing the abbreviation in parentheses, you must use the abbreviation thereafter. apa allows the use of an abbreviation to start a sentence. the example shows a common misuse of a colon: many people are under the false assumption that a colon should be used to start a list. wrong. a colon must be preceded by an independent clause: in other words, what appears to the left of the colon must be a complete sentence that is capable of standing alone. however, what follows the colon does not have to be an independent clause. according to apa in-line seriation or lists of items that appear within a sentence can be distinguished using lowercase letters enclosed in parentheses. special rules apply to lists that use numbers or bullet points.
 

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