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The Colon (and How It Differs from the Semicolon)

The Colon (and How It Differs from the Semicolon)

Recently I came across two expressions sorely in need of a well-placed colon. The first appeared in the Washington Post*: Although the vaccines remain remarkably effective, the virus has bountiful opportunities to find new ways to evade immunity. Most of the world...

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Avoiding Faulty Comparisons

Avoiding Faulty Comparisons

A faulty comparison is among a host of other issues that can affect the clarity of our writing: elsewhere in this archive, for example, we talk about avoiding vague pronoun references (in particular the vague which) and about using transitions effectively to improve...

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