When do you use a dash? And why not a hyphen? The two marks serve different purposes, leaving many people puzzled. The traditional dash is what some people refer to as the em dash. It is thicker and longer than the hyphen, often called the en dash. The dash separates...
Don’t underestimate the power of the clear, direct sentence, but creating rhythm, variety, and emphasis are other ways to make your writing compelling. Here is a segment from a USA Today story looking back on pay phones in America: For a century, the pay phone...
English has many troublesome pairs that often perplex writers, because many words in English are similar to others but are not synonyms. Here are some “twins” that often leave a writer wondering which one is appropriate and why. i.e. and e.g. — Using...
Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style,” for 60 years a bible of good writing for many students and adults, is still valuable but has some “cockamamie advice,” says famed linguist Steven Pinker. In an essay titled Writing in the 21st...
We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them. A linguist at Columbia, John McWhorter, says that many text messages and email illustrate that most commas...
Dashes are not a one-size-fits-all answer each time you need to pause. People frequently use dashes interchangeably with the comma: Anytime they want to pause, they just toss in dashes without realizing that the nature of the information dictates whether a dash is...
If you are trying to persuade someone on a topic that you are knowledgeable about, convey your expertise up front. …
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