Apostrophe Rules
Apostrophe Rules
Apostrophes can be tricky. Sometimes they form possessives. Sometimes they form contractions. Can they ever make something plural? Apostrophe Use: Contractions and Omissions A contraction...
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Dashes
A dash is a little horizontal line that floats in the middle of a line of text (not at the bottom: that’s an underscore). It’s...
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Slashes
There are two types of slashes: a backslash (\) and a forward slash (/). The backslash is used only for computer coding. The forward slash,...
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Hyphen
Hyphen
What Is a Hyphen? A hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark that’s used to join words or parts of words. It’s not interchangeable with other...
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Colon
A colon introduces an element or series of elements that illustrates or amplifies the information that preceded the colon. While a semicolon normally joins two...
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Parentheses and Brackets
Parentheses and Brackets
Parentheses are punctuation marks that are used to set off information within a text or paragraph. Outside the realm of emoticons, parentheses always come in...
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Rules for Comma Usage
Rules for Comma Usage
Ah, the comma. Of all the punctuation marks in English, this one is perhaps the most abused and misused. And it’s no wonder. There are...
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Exclamation Mark
Exclamation Mark
The exclamation mark, also called an exclamation point, is a punctuation mark that goes at the end of certain sentences. It’s less common than the...
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Semicolon
Semicolon
What Is a Semicolon? Semicolons (;) are as basic as a period stacked on top of a comma. Does that mean you can use it...
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Ellipsis
Ellipsis
What do you call three periods in a row? Take your time, we’ll wait . . . The Ellipsis Those three little dots are called...
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