Are you someone who hates having to decide what to wear in the morning, where to go out for dinner, or what to do on a Saturday night? If so, you may be a big fan of the slash –
Where to place commas in a sentence
When was the last time you were confused about where to place commas in a sentence? It probably wasn’t that long ago. That’s because commas are tricky things. They can play so many different roles in sentences that it’s hard
Do you need a hyphen in words with prefixes?
You may find that there are some things you do almost automatically when you write. For example, you probably always capitalize the word “I” no matter where it appears in a sentence, and you probably always place a period, question
How to make abbreviations plural
If you’re someone who’s proficient in English, you probably find it fairly easy to make words plural. You know that in most cases, you add either an “-s” or an “-es” to the end of a word (e.g., “reports” and
Hyphen vs. en dash vs. em dash: What’s the difference?
If you’re like most people, you may be confused about the difference between a hyphen (-) and a dash. This may even be the first time you’ve heard that there are actually two types of dashes: an en dash (–)
How to punctuate sentences that end with parentheses: Where to place the period
In most cases, it’s pretty easy to figure out where to place a period in a sentence: it typically goes right at the end. Sometimes, though, we come across sentences that make things a bit tricky. One of these situations
“The woman’s card” versus “the woman card”: Which one is it?
Late last month, Donald Trump created a media firestorm when he publicly stated that Hillary Clinton has been successful in the 2016 US presidential campaign only because she’s a woman: “if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d
Joint versus separate possession: owning things together or separately
Ever write something like “Mike and Kelly’s house” and wonder where the apostrophes are supposed to go? Do you place the apostrophe and the “s” on the end of both names or just on the last one? Well, you’re in
Can you guess which celebrities made these Twitter typos?
You don’t have to look far to find examples of typos or grammar errors in tweets posted by celebrities. Of course, everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and in certain cases, a mistake may be as innocent as an autocorrect fail. If
How to use colons to introduce explanations
Last week we talked about how to use colons to introduce lists. Today we’re going to talk about the other key way to use colons in sentences: to provide explanations. For example, let’s take a look at the following sentence: