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  • En Dashes and Em Dashes

    A number of our readers have written to ask us to explain the difference between the hyphen, the em dash, and the en dash. Distinguishing...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 November 2015

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  • Typing Characters That Don’t Appear on the Keyboard

    One of the many advantages personal computers have over typewriters is that we can type a whole host of useful characters that are not visible...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 December 2015

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  • To Lie or To Lay?

    The verbs to lie and to lay have very different meanings. Simply put, to lie means “to rest,” “to assume or be situated in a horizontal position,” and to lay means “to put...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 October 2015

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  • Starting Sentences with And or But

    One of our readers wrote to ask if she could ever start a sentence with the word but. The answer is yes. The word but...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 September 2015

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  • Which or That?

    While both which and that can be used in other constructions, the confusion usually arises when they are being used as relative pronouns to introduce adjective (or relative) clauses....

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2015

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