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Parentheses, Commas and Dashes, Oh My!

When things have similar functions it can be hard to distinguish which is most appropriate to use. This is true for many writers when it comes to parentheses, commas and dashes. Hopefully this post will help to shed a little … Continue reading

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Avoid Cannibalism: Use a Comma

(For Jennifer) Recently I joined a very popular Facebook group created to save society from cannibalism: “‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or, ‘Let’s eat, Grandma!’ Punctuation saves lives.” With its 667,470 fans, this Facebook group demonstrates the importance of the comma to … Continue reading

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The Controversial Oxford Comma

Use of the Oxford comma (also known as the serial comma or the Harvard comma) is often debated in the grammar world. To use it or not: that is the question. Most non-journalistic writing in the United States follows the … Continue reading

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Compound Sentences and the Comma vs. the Semicolon

When joining two independent clauses (or two sentences, or two complete thoughts), you’ll need to determine whether to use a comma or a semicolon. When using a comma, one of these coordinating conjunctions must be used: and, but, for, nor, … Continue reading

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