Ever lost time humming and hawing over a comma? Or simply wished 'further' and 'farther' were more straightforward? Or wanted to investigate how a truly great novel describes its setting? Since July last year, I've indulged my inner writing geek and tackled these … [Read more...] about Could I help you write? My Big Blog Directory
Over the past few weeks we’ve been dashing and colon-ing and semicolon-ing. But we’ve been doing them all separately. A direct comparison between those punctuation marks seemed to be missing. If I had a sentence where all three of them seemed to work, which one should I choose? … [Read more...] about Dash, Colon, Semicolon—which is right for my sentence?
There a three punctuation marks that look like a dash: The hyphen - The EN dash – The EM dash — … [Read more...] about Hyphens, EN dashes, and EM dashes. What’s the difference? And how do you type each of them?
Grammarly.com compares dashes to Swiss army knives. They can stand in for commas, colons, and parentheses, as well as doing jobs of their own. There are, however, two things that unite everything dashes do: they interrupt, and they demand attention. When they’re used instead of … [Read more...] about Oh, dash!
Welcome to week two of our foray into punctuation marks I wish were easier to use correctly. Last week, we figured colons out, and you can read that blog here. This week we’ve got semicolons to deal with. They’ve got three uses—one that’s somewhat tricky to navigate, and two that … [Read more...] about Semicolons—What in the world do they do?