Emphasis in text can be added through underlining, italicizing, or using quotation marks. Italics are preferred unless their use would not be sufficiently noticeable.
Emphasis is typically added in the following cases:
- When identifying special words. The identified word is introduced with the phrase "the term" or "the word." Ex: The term "cougar" refers to older women dating younger men.
- When using foreign expressions that are not part of the English language. Ex: Pardone moi, I was not familiar with the rules.
- When identifying a word or phrase that would have been stressed in speech. Ex: The timesheets must be submitted before five o’clock.
- When writing titles of books, magazines, journals, or newspapers. Ex: Have you read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?
Add emphasis where needed:
1. The article in the New York Times focused on the state of the current economy.
2. Safety rules absolutely have to be enforced.
3. The word bloke is used in Britain to refer to a man.
4. Dios mio! That was awful.