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...
When it appears that two punctuation marks are necessary at the end of a quote, many writers scratch their heads. Consider this example: Can you imagine how people felt when she yelled, “I refuse to listen to this!” Many people are inclined to put a...
Insert a colon after words that form a complete thought, not after phrases such as for example or as a result. It is common for someone to write, The topics on the meeting agenda include: the annual conference, staff additions, and budget planning. Similarly, you...
Knowing where to use a comma before the word “so” is often challenging. Sometimes you need it; other times you should omit it because the context is different. The comma is the most common punctuation mark and the one people wrestle with the most,...
People are familiar with using quotation marks around a person’s actual spoken words, but that isn’t the only time we need them. And when people encounter those other situations, they often are uncertain. Here are a few guidelines on when quotation marks...
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