I am back! Thank you for your patience while I was away taking care of everything in my life. I thought I’d launch 2020 with a post on how to correctly use an underscore since grammar blog posts are the most sought-after articles that I write on KLWightman.com.
Just because we communicate in English doesn’t always mean we use punctuation the same way. Americans use a colon to denote time (4:30) while the British use a period (4.30). Titles such as Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Dr. all receive a period at the end in American English, while British English leaves off the punctuation mark.
And when it comes to single quotes or double quotes, we face the same problem of not being the same. Should you use single quotes or double quotes for dialogue, for quoting inside a quote, for scare quotes?
That depends on which side of the pond you live.
Yes, I wrote an entire blog post about how to use a question mark and it wasn’t a waste of my time. Because, in truth, we all are afraid to ask our friends and peers how to add a question mark correctly to a specific question when sentence structure and formatting come into play.
Don’t be shy. It’s okay to keep reading.
And the ellipsis? That’s our mysterious one.
What is the ellipsis holding back? What words will we never see in that quoted passage? And why were those words dropped in the first place?
Most importantly, how do we use the ellipsis correctly? Keep reading.
If you ask two writers this question, you probably wouldn’t receive the same response. There isn’t a straightforward answer when it comes to figuring out when to capitalize after a colon.
While often used like an em dash or a semi-colon, the colon has multiple uses to both keep our sentences and numbers in line. But when do we capitalize the word that follows it?
Fortunately, there are tricks to remembering when to capitalize after a colon.
If you are brave enough to let someone edit your work, be it an academic paper or the third chapter of your novel-in-progress, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen this scribbled out in bold red pen:
Use active voice here.
Well, wouldn’t it be helpful if they explained? Since your editor can’t hyperlink an example on traditional paper, you’re now searching the Internet to figure out the difference between active voice and passive voice.
Your search ends here.
Hyphens, en dashes, em dashes — oh my! Let’s get the three versions of the dash straight once and for all.