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A note on using pronouns ending in …self

These words should be used only when the noun or pronoun was referenced previously in your text. Continue reading

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Dairy company could pay $10 million for want of a comma and a misused gerund…

A recent lawsuit ruling [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html]  cost a Maine dairy company millions, and granted company truck drivers payment due for overtime work, because of negligence in using a comma and a gerund. This is a current example of the importance of going through … Continue reading

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5 Rules for Using Hyphens in Compound Adjectives

A compound adjective is a modifier made up of two or more words. The general practice in writing is to use a hyphen if the compound adjective can be misread. There are several exceptions to this rule. The best reference … Continue reading

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Adjectives can be sexy, ask a noun

Use a moderate number of penetrating descriptors to adorn the plainest of nouns with character and leave readers with a lasting impression of your story. Continue reading

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“…as well as” and “and”: One is not like the other

“as well as” is not a replace ment for “and.” Continue reading

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Word Usage: On using “among” and “between”

  Question: When do you use “between” and when do you use “among”? Use between to express group collaboration, whether there are two groups or more. Example: The collaboration between the Universities of Shady Grove, Montgomery College, and Montgomery County … Continue reading

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Dashes for National Punctuation Day

A tribute to the power of #punctuation. Uses dashes and make a splash. Continue reading

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