Names: Making Them Plural and NOT Possessive

Names: Making Them Plural and NOT Possessive

As the holiday season approaches each year and people gear up to send holiday greeting cards, we need a reminder about how to make last names plural. (Hint: Doing so does NOT involve an apostrophe.) If we stop to think about it, most of us will remember that...
Ellipses

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 using ellipses can be tricky. Writers use ellipses for various reasons. An ellipsis can indicate the omission of...
Capitalizing Words in Titles

Capitalizing Words 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 noun is common, not proper, and therefore should not be capitalized. This article focuses on knowing...
Bulleted (aka Vertical) Lists

Bulleted (aka 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 appropriate than numbers or letters in a vertical list? What do we mean when we say that the items in a list must be parallel? How...