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  • Hyphenated Adjectives

    Several of our subscribers have written to ask us to address the use of hyphens like the ones in the following six sentences. Can you...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 May 2017

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  • Capitalization: Proper vs. Common Nouns and Adjectives

    The rules governing capitalization in sentences—as opposed to in titles or headings (which we address in another article on this site)—seem simple at first glance:...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2017

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  • Using the Ellipsis

    The ellipsis is used to indicate the omission of words in the middle of a quoted sentence or the omission of sentences within a quoted...

    Nancy Tuten

    28 March 2015

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  • Using a Comma before And in a Series

    Writers frequently wonder whether a comma should go before the conjunction and in a list of three or more items. Despite the fact that not all style...

    Nancy Tuten

    15 March 2017

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  • Punctuating with Quotation Marks: Part 1

    Each of these sentences contains an error involving the punctuation near the closing quotation marks. The suspect told the arresting officer, “I was nowhere near...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 May 2015

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