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Punctuation Point: Defending the Em Dash

If you don’t know how to use this piece of punctuation, now’s the time to learn. Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: Joining Independent Clauses

A lot of compound sentences out there are being joined without proper punctuation. Here’s a brief rundown of how to do it right. Continue reading

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National Punctuation Day: Why We Need Punctuation

It’s National Punctuation Day. Why we need those road signs and a new contest! Continue reading

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The Apostrophe: Beyond the Basics

Today, we take a deeper look at apostrophe usage. You, too, can become an apostrophe super hero! Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: Possessing the Apostrophe

The apostrophe is one of those pieces of punctuation that get a lot of people in trouble. Today’s post looks at the possessive rules for that high-flying comma. Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: The Semicolon

The semicolon is useful, though often misunderstood, piece of punctuation. Today’s lesson shows you how to use the semicolon with confidence. Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: The Serial Comma

Oxford comma. Harvard comma. Serial comma. They all mean the same thing: the comma that comes right before the and in a series. As in: Sean ate eggs, pancakes, and bacon for breakfast. That second comma is the one we’re … Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: The Direct Address Comma

Recently, this cartoon made the rounds of language mavens: The comma rule depicted here is simple: use a comma with the name of a person you are directly addressing. If the name comes first, it is followed by a comma: … Continue reading

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Dash It All

Hyphens, and Em-dashes, and En-dashes, Oh My! Hyphens and dashes are common pieces of punctuations that can really improve your writing—if you know how to use them. Hyphens can show relationship between words and numbers. Em-dashes can lend your writing … Continue reading

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