CATEGORY:Mechanics

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  • Hyphens, Em Dashes, and En Dashes: When to Use Them and How to Type Them

    The hyphen, the em dash, and the en dash are all horizontal marks of varying lengths. Each functions differently from the others. Below we define...

    Nancy Tuten

    6 April 2020

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  • Using Ellipses

    An ellipsis consists of either three or four periods, or dots. A single dot is called an ellipsis point. The definition is pretty straightforward, but...

    Nancy Tuten

    29 February 2020

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  • Which Words to Capitalize in Titles?

    Elsewhere on this site we have addressed two other issues involving capitalization: knowing when to capitalize people’s positions and job titles and recognizing when a...

    Nancy Tuten

    15 January 2020

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  • Handling Vertical Lists

    Hardly a week goes by that we are not asked a question about vertical lists (often referred to as bulleted lists): When are bullets more...

    Nancy Tuten

    7 January 2020

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  • Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common Nouns

    The rules governing the capitalization of words in sentences (as opposed to capitalizing words in titles or headings or capitalizing people’s titles or positions) seem...

    Nancy Tuten

    2 December 2019

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