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Round vs. Around

<b>Celestial Teapoton December 24, 2016 3:15 am</b><p>I came across this issue while helping someone learn English, using my old “Thomson & Martinet” – …

One Word Can Mar Your Meaning

<b>Starlyton March 30, 2013 6:15 pm</b><p>In the 3rd example, I think it depends on the connotation, lets say the teacher, wants to give.<p>‘If your interested’ …

Take Nothing for Granted

Just when you think you know everything, you’re reminded that subtlety and nuance are part of even the most mundane information. It’s been said that …

20 Strategies for Writing in Plain Language

The increasing popularity of plain language, the concept of writing clear, simple prose, is making it easier for people to understand legal documents …

Linguistics

7 Proofreading Steps

Proofreading is the last line of defense for quality control in print and online publishing. Be sure to conduct a thorough proofread of all documents …

Fight the Good Fight Against Creeping Errors

<b>Dale A. Woodon September 23, 2013 11:50 am</b><p>I read an article about meteorite craters that mentioned on in the “Northwest Territory” of AUSTRALIA.<br>There …

5 Funny Figures of Speech

<b>JStrangeon August 24, 2013 4:28 am</b><p>I love paraprosdokian humour. It is very British humour-like.<p><b>venqaxon August 23, 2013 9:35 pm</b><p>So, nothing like an …

Ignorance or Sincerity?

Grammar consultants are in great demand these days by employers who fear that the inability of their employees to speak and write grammatically gives …

Language

3 Tips for Careful Writers

<b>Dougon November 12, 2013 5:18 am</b><p>EDIT: This doesn’t mean that you should abandon your high standards and accept colloquial language. Some contexts do …

Lazy Word Choice

<b>Nancy Romnesson December 11, 2013 10:02 pm</b><p>I missed this Daily Writing Tip when it appeared.<br>One more overused, lazy word is “stupid” (misused in the …

Answers to Questions About Punctuation

<b>Teraleeon December 15, 2013 11:17 pm</b><p>Actually the above comment, it is the exclamation mark that bothers me as much as the comma<p><b>Teraleeon December 15,</b> …

More Answers to Questions About Punctuation

<b>Matt Gaffneyon June 28, 2013 2:44 pm</b><p>@Dale A. Wood.<p>While one knows what is meant by “only for” and other so-called idiomatic expressions, the fact …

How to Punctuate Descriptions of Colors

<b>Jameson August 16, 2017 12:06 am</b><p>My opinion is that the answer to some confusion in the discussion above would be that some combinations of adjectives …

5 Examples of Insufficient Hyphenation

Phrasal adjectives that consist of more than two words are often flawed in construction, perhaps because writers are hesitant to complicate a phrase …

5 More Examples of Extraneous Hyphens

<b>Mark Nicholon August 30, 2013 6:37 pm</b><p>TrainerDan:<p>“Five to nine” is not a phrasal adjectival — it doesn’t modify “servings,” answering the question …

3 Functions of the Comma

The general purpose of a comma is to separate closely related but distinct elements in a sentence. Discussion of three specific functions of the …

How to Punctuate with “However”

<b>Joshon June 01, 2017 2:52 pm</b><p>“however;” “road.” ?<p>So, for instance, when you have an article title it is “Article Title,” Is there any definitive rule …

Answers to Questions About Commas #4

<b>freelanceron October 25, 2013 9:01 am</b><p>A publisher I once worked for covered this topic in its style manual, and I found it quite useful. It stated:<p>Use …

Punctuation with Conjunctions

<b>Nann Dunneon October 02, 2013 11:44 am</b><p>Ian, this comma question was brought up in a previous column, in which I was the only one who opted for Strunk …

Answers to Questions About Semicolons

<b>Debbie Danielon December 30, 2013 10:33 am</b><p>I always thought when using a semicolon that the last item listed was separated by a comma. Would you look …

Linguistics

Answers to Questions About Punctuation #3

Here are a few questions from DailyWritingTips.com readers about various punctuation issues, followed by my responses.<p><b>1. A lawyer asks a witness</b> …

When a Comma Means “And”

<b>Dale A. Woodon November 09, 2013 3:22 pm</b><p>No, Mr. Argumentative Venqax<p>The University of Cambridge recommended (and decreed) the use of the “serial …

Quotation Marks and Punctuation

<b>Umeshon November 22, 2013 9:41 am</b><p>Hi, Nelida K,<p>In American English, periods and commas always go INSIDE the quotation marks–that’s the reason the …

Inconsistent Hyphenation

I have a bad habit (for an American) of looking things up in the OED first and not checking to see if Merriam-Webster agrees.<p>Sometimes this habit …

Answers to Questions About Commas #5

<b>dragonwielderon December 10, 2013 2:58 pm</b><p>@ Cherie –<br>I think using the comma before ‘and’ or ‘but’ is sometimes a matter of style or personal …

Mood vs. Tense

<b>Xanaon October 05, 2017 6:20 pm</b><p>“Brazilian Portuguese is significantly different from the Portuguese of Portugal.”. This statement is not true.People …