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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    3 June 2017

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