If I could have it my way, three punctuation marks would have permanent how-to guides hovering above them. Colons, semicolon, and dashes. Ever felt that way yourself? Well, over the next three weeks we’ll do the best we can—in the absence of hovering how-to guides—to lay out … [Read more...] about Colons—How in the world do you use those?
Welcome to my first MicroBlog, where I’ll share a grammar nugget at lightening speed. I recently saw a humorous book about punctuation titled: ‘Have You Eaten Grandma?’ What a horrible question! But what if we add a comma? ‘Have you eaten, Grandma?’ As if by magic, the … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 1: Commas, Names, and not eating Grandma
Here’s a simple grammar principle that’s well worth remembering: Where there is ‘however’, there should always be a comma nearby. That comma can come in one of two places, and over the next few minutes, I’ll help you make that choice of locations as simple as possible. … [Read more...] about ‘However’ and commas
Words joined by hyphens. They’re all around us. But what are they? Give me five minutes, and I’ll explain just that. By the end, you’ll also know exactly when to put those hyphens into use in your own writing. … [Read more...] about Hyphens? When to use them made simple
‘Place a comma before “which” but not before “that”.’ I’ve come across this simple guideline many times, and it’s certainly memorable, straightforward, and easy to apply. And it works most of the time. However, I often wonder if it’s too simple for its own good. It refers to one … [Read more...] about Can a single comma change the meaning of a whole sentence? A simple guide to placing commas before ‘which’ and ‘that’