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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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  • Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common Nouns

    The rules governing the capitalization of words in sentences (as opposed to capitalizing words in titles or headings or capitalizing people’s titles or positions) seem...

    Nancy Tuten

    2 December 2019

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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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