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...
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...
Because the exclamation point is so overused, readers often don’t feel the excitement. Like most people, you have received email that says such things as, “We’re looking forward to it!!!!” but you’re not sharing quite the same level of...
Dashes and hyphens look to be similar punctuation marks, but they play different roles. Knowing the difference can add clarity to your meaning. A dash sets off information that needs emphasis; a hyphen joins words that are used together to form an adjective. The dash...
Avoid the widespread tendency to capitalize common nouns. Not everything has an official, formal name, but many writers think that if it’s something special, it should be upper case. Writers routinely uppercase names of committees, projects, departments, titles...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
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Debby ArnoldManagerVisa International
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Kristin HollinsVice President of CommunicationsOracle
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Liz KoreyCushman Amberg Public Relations
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