It’s acceptable to begin a sentence with because or however, contrary to what many people learned. There is no grammatical principle to support the notion that it’s wrong. Prominent writers have done it for decades, and language historians don’t know where the...
Knowing which punctuation mark to use in different situations can be challenging enough; having closing quotation marks in the picture adds another wrinkle. Remember: Periods and commas go inside (in British English, they are outside) closing quotation marks....
Purists who rail about the decline of grammar skills often point to the use of they when people refer to singular pronouns or nouns (anyone, manager, etc.) but a little history might surprise you. There is a longstanding precedent for using they to refer to singular...
People frequently ask about the difference between that and which, and some situations can be puzzling. Use that when you are distingushing one from others similar to it. When you write, “I own the blue car that is parked out front,” you are...
The guidelines for capitalization have changed little in the last 75 years, but you would not know it when you read most business communication. Companies routinely capitalize such terms as Customer, Team, Marketing Manager, and Program, largely because people follow...
Don’t think the exclamation point communicates the excitement you think it does. Punctuation marks are intended to help the reader grasp the meaning of your sentence, but few people believe that the intended meaning behind all the exclamation points is genuine...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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