Punctuation. Major points at a glance.

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          These humble marks on the page do so much to corral the meaning of your sentences.  Here is a quick guide to important ones which can make or break your meaning.   Punctuation Full stop [.] signifies the end of a sentence was used in many abbreviations in the past Street, eg, ie, Mr usage now restricted to sentence end Commas [,] words that link a previous sentence to the idea that follows Unfortunately, the dress was incorrectly...

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What is a sentence? Four essential elements to recognise one.

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      A well-constructed sentence is like music to me.  I am a self-confessed nerd and proud of it. A sentence – the four essential elements: is the basic structure of our written language expresses a single thought begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop must have a verb and a subject. Structure There can be simple sentences. Go! Is a simple sentence. It is technically speaking a command but a sentence nevertheless. It has a...

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Apostrophes. Smart tips on how to use them properly.

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I have a special fondness for apostrophes.  I have spoken about them on radio – take a moment to listen to the recording on the home page here.    I have championed them when they were in danger of deletion.  I ask you to save Aunt Em from the ‘twitch’ when they are abused. They are surely the most misused punctuation mark of all time! There are only two places where apostrophes are relevant, meaningful and correct. 1        ...

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Put your best Grammar foot forward!

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  Hands up all those who consider grammar as an outdated concept? Well, I challenge you to consider what our world of reading and writing would be without this set of rules?  Admittedly some of these rules seem arbitrary, particularly spelling, but come with me dear reader on a journey to discuss grammar. These examples are ones I regularly use to show how powerful grammar is when you get to know it intimately. Grammar is the difference...

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All About Apostrophes

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The correct use of apostrophes (and spelling) shows the difference between:   Knowing you’re shit and Knowing your shit.   Another pointed example:   Feeling you’re nuts and Feeling your nuts.     Apostrophes hold a special place in my heart, dear reader, because they are so often ill-treated.  They will turn up where they are not needed, put in peculiar places or left out from their rightful place!   I have discussed these marvellous little...

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Commas are Essential

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Commas are often used like seasoning in writing.  Some writers use too many and some not nearly enough. The position of every comma and every full-stop will often be open to interpretation by writers and grammar gurus.  The position I am taking here is that these are suggestions to make the rules more comprehensible for you, dear reader.   A useful description I have found is:  a comma is a sound of silence.   My favourite is “Punctuation lets...

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