Punctuating “However” and “Therefore” can be Tricky

Determining how to punctuate such words as "however" and "nevertheless" when they appear in mid sentence can be problematic. They require a semicolon before them. Reading the sentence aloud and listening to your voice can be helpful. If it emphasizes the conjunction, don't use commas around it.

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Punctuating Quotations: Inside or Outside?

Writers often are baffled by whether to put punctuation inside or outside closing quotation marks. Commas and periods go inside, colons and semicolons outside, and question marks and exclamation points might be in either location, depending on context.

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Exclamation Points: Use Them Sparingly

People often say they use exclamation points to generate excitement, but the reader isn't excited, either because the statement does not warrant so strong a punctuation mark or because the exclamation point was already used in so many sentences that it no longer has any effect.

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By Ken O’Quinn

Focus on Them Focus on Them

As a contributing author in this book on leadership, Ken offers insights and tips for managing difficult conversations, providing effective feedback, and being authentic. Order here.

Perfect Phrases for Business Letters (McGraw-Hill) Perfect Phrases for Business Letters

Provides the right words and phrases for any situation - quickly. The book was reprinted in Japanese because of high-volume sales there.

TD at Work — Business Writing for Managers

The Association for Talent Development invited Ken to write this 22-page booklet for the TD at Work series.

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