How to Make Last Names Plural

How to Make Last Names Plural

With quite a few big holidays looming, many people are gearing up to send holiday greeting cards, so this is the perfect time to remind everyone how to make last names plural. (Hint: doing so does NOT involve an apostrophe.) If we stop to think about it, most of us...
To Split or Not to Split Infinitives?

To Split or Not to Split Infinitives?

Most of us were taught never to split infinitives, but writers have been splitting them anyway—even long before Star Trek provided us with perhaps the most famous split infinitive, “to boldly go.” Those of us taught to regard the split infinitive as anathema...
When Should We Hyphenate Compound Words?

When Should We Hyphenate Compound Words?

When two words come together to create a single new idea that expresses meaning different from that of either of the individual words, the result is a compound word. Sometimes compound words include hyphens (not to be confused with em dashes or en dashes, which we...
Placement of “Only”

Placement of “Only”

Can you spot potential ambiguity in any of these sentences? The budget can only be balanced if programs are cut for next year. Many animals hibernate in the winter, only waking occasionally for nourishment. The team only scored two runs in the first seven innings. In...
When Should We Hyphenate Compound Words?

Hyphenated Adjectives

We talk about hyphens in several different articles on this site. One article distinguishes hyphens from en and em dashes.  Another talks about open, closed, and hyphenated compound words. This article further clarifies the use of hyphens using examples sent to us by...

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