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...
Where to use commas and semicolons can be challenging. Here are two situations that cause considerable head scratching. Let’s first remember that punctuation marks are intended to guide readers so that they correctly understand your sentence, and so they read it...
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...
With all the nuances of the English language, writers often are stare at a sentence and ask, is that right? Here are a few issues people commonly ask about. Starting a sentence with and – Because many teachers said it was wrong, there remains a persistent...
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...
Many people were taught not to start sentences with and, because, or however, but such “rules” are mythical. Relax. Although we learned valuable lessons about grammar and punctuation in school, English and writing teachers also taught us a few guidelines...
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