If you somehow missed it, here are three examples of coverage:
Although it has been a couple of weeks since Warren Beatty’s February 26 Oscar flub, I’m still seeing advice about how he should have handled it. This hit my email box from a newsletter I subscribe to that offers tips and advice for speakers: ContinueLike it? Share it!
I love writing, rewriting, and rewriting a sentence or paragraph until it says exactly what I want it to say in the manner I want to say it — commas, em dashes, capital letters, italics and all.
It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone.
In celebration of March 4 National Grammar Day 2017, I offer this selection of thoughts by like-minded people who agree: Yes, grammar still matters.
“Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.”
— Jeffrey Gitomer, American author and business trainer Continue
My book, Grammar for People Who Hate Rules, addresses four scenarios of this often used — and often misused — punctuation mark: with Latin abbreviations (chapter 29), with academic degrees (chapter 30), with conjunctions (chapter 41), and with but (chapter 42).
This post focuses on commas when they are used to separate clauses, both independent and dependent. ContinueLike it? Share it!
The Oxford English Dictionary listed 1,346 new words as of September 2016. Yikes!
Email continues to be the predominant form of business communication, yet many business climates are becoming even more casual. What’s the best way to start a message? How formal or informal should your salutation be?
The best answer: It depends.
An email opening consists of a greeting and a name. It can set a formal, respectful tone or an informal, friendly tone.
Dear Mr. Lee:
Good morning, Brad.
A reader questioned whether to include a comma between an informal greeting and the person’s name: ContinueLike it? Share it!
About a year ago, I posted a blog describing semicolon use. I explained that a semicolon joins two independent clauses — in other words, two complete sentences.
When the semicolon is used correctly, the clause that precedes and the clause that follows it have a subject and a verb: ContinueLike it? Share it!
A reader weighed in on exclamation points in my recent blog on pet peeves:
“The exclamation point is overused to the point it has lost its intent in the communication I read.”
What is the intent of an exclamation point? ContinueLike it? Share it!
First: What is grammar? Grammar encompasses the words we choose and how we punctuate them — how we string them together.
Words give our sentences meaning, and punctuation marks tell us when to pause or stop, when to raise our voice or show emotion, when we’re asking a question versus making a statement.
Here are your pet peeves: ways others speak and write that you find annoying. They’re alphabetized so you can skim and select what interests or resonates with you. I’ve commented here and there and added examples. ContinueLike it? Share it!
This week, I give a nod to the comma, a punctuation mark we all likely use multiple times daily.
In particular, I want to talk about the comma when it separates elements in a series: ContinueLike it? Share it!