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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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  • Distinguish between “Effect” and “Affect”

    We deal with many confusing word pairs on this site, including lay and lie, I and me, and bad and badly. This article helps us distinguish between...

    Nancy Tuten

    5 September 2019

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  • 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,...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 May 2017

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  • Punctuating with Quotation Marks: Inside or Outside?

    With the possible exception of the Oxford/Harvard/serial comma, very few usage issues elicit responses as passionate as the topic of punctuating with quotation marks. American...

    Nancy Tuten

    25 July 2019

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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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