If punctuation had personality, the period would be the logical one, the comma calculated, the
the rambler and the semi-colon attention-grabbing. colon
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.
February 5, 2018
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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.
January 8, 2018
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Happy holidays! Or is it holiday?
With season’s greetings being shared so often throughout this time of year, it can be hard to remember whether you should write and say holiday or holidays. You want to spread cheer through every card you send and to every person you pass on the street.
Yet a grammar snafu can really dampen your seasonal spirits.
Spread your holiday cheer over the holidays correctly with confidence by following these simple holiday grammar rules.
Is it really okay to intentionally split an infinitive? That all depends on how you feel after reading the previous sentence.
May 15, 2017
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