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  • Starting Sentences with “And” or “But”

    One of our subscribers wrote to ask if it’s OK to start a sentence with the words and or but. The answer is yes. The...

    Nancy Tuten

    9 August 2019

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  • Using the Semicolon

    Semicolons have two functions: First, they are used to separate items in lists when one or more of those items has internal commas.  As such,...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2019

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  • Lie or Lay?

    This website addresses a number of confusing word pairs, including effect and affect, sit and set, and bad and badly, just to name a few. But...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2019

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  • Punctuating with Quotation Marks: Inside or Outside?

    With the possible exception of the Oxford/Harvard/serial comma, very few usage issues elicit responses as passionate as the topic of punctuating with quotation marks. American...

    Nancy Tuten

    25 July 2019

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  • When to Use “Myself” (and Other Reflexive Pronouns)

    Reflexive pronouns are the ones that end with –self  or –selves. Singular:  myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself Plural: yourselves, ourselves, themselves Can you identify problems with reflexive...

    Nancy Tuten

    18 July 2019

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