Archive: Punctuation and Grammar

Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

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...
Punctuation Puzzler: When to Use a Dash

Punctuation Puzzler: When to Use a Dash

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...
Use Helping Verbs Only When Verbs Need help

Use Helping Verbs Only When Verbs Need help

Helping verbs are often necessary, but remove those that are not required to express a tense (time). Write with strong verbs, a valuable piece of wisdom for centuries, doesn’t refer only to using verbs that denote strong action and imagery, such as...