It’s dialogue time again. Over the last two weeks, I’ve addressed paragraphing dialogue and capitalising dialogue. This week, it’s time to address punctuating dialogue so that mere formatting can never again harm your brilliant lines of dialogue. There is nothing profound or … [Read more...] about How to punctuate dialogue
In the following sentence, a vital comma is missing. Where do you think it should go… and why? If you come over on Friday evening we’ll have a roast dinner. That sentence is composed of two elements that we need to be aware of. … [Read more...] about A tiny comma edit guaranteed to make a massive improvement
I’ve got a book on my shelf printed by the Oxford University Press and another printed by the Cambridge University Press. The Oxford University book uses the Oxford comma. Not surprising. However, in the Cambridge University book, I noticed something that made me chuckle. There … [Read more...] about What’s an Oxford comma? How do I use it correctly? And do I need one at all?
When I finished my first few blogs, I realised that I had based many of my descriptions on “complete sentences”. But what are complete sentences? I decided not to add a description of that to my other posts; they were already full size. However, I knew I couldn’t leave it out … [Read more...] about What makes a complete sentence?