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Let’s eat Grandma

Some of you may have seen this popular graphic on Facebook: Let’s eat Grandma. Let’s eat, Grandma. The caption is “Punctuation saves lives.” This is a great illustration of an easy, but important, rule: always use a comma when directly addressing someone, regardless of where the direct address is in […]

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To Space or Not To Space and Other Typewriter Throwbacks

A computer is not a typewriter… Think back to when you learned to type. Were you taught on a typewriter or a computer? If you answered “typewriter,” you might want to sit down before you read any further, because this rule may come as a shock. You should only use […]

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Grammar and the Dangling Participle

The Dangling Participle: What’s that again? Pop quiz: What’s wrong with the following sentences? – After picking up all the toys, the toy chest was overflowing. – Watching through the window, the car pulled out of the driveway. – Featuring all the latest bells and whistles, we recommend you buy […]

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Short and Sweet: Grammar Cake Pops – All ready vs. Already

For the next few columns, I’m keeping things short and sweet by looking at very specific grammar issues. By keeping the focus on one issue at a time, it should be easier to remember. Think of them as bite-sized grammar treats! The cake pop of the grammar world! This time […]

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Short and Sweet: Grammar Cake Pops – Affect vs. Effect

For the next few columns, I’m planning to keep things short and sweet by looking at very specific grammar issues. By keeping the focus on one issue at a time, it should be easier to remember. Think of them as bite-sized grammar treats! The cake pop of the grammar world! […]

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