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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: 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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  • 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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  • Who or Whom

    I hope I am dead and gone when it happens, but I fully realize that one day the word whom will be designated by dictionaries...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 April 2017

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