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Written on Mar, 05, 2020 by in , | Leave a comment

The standard rule is that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted paragraph has a closing quotation mark at its end. Example: “That seems like a strange way to use punctuation,” Bob asked. “What harm would there be in using quotation marks at the end of every paragraph?” …

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Written on Oct, 10, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

The English language is a funny old thing. There are often many different ways of doing the same thing but there are also many rules that we can use to make things easier. Ever wondered how to punctuate text when using brackets?  Tricky one yeh? OK, this is the short answer.  A full stop appears inside the brackets, if the bracket contains …

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Written on May, 16, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

You’re You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong. Examples: The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. (Expands to you are – correct) Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Do not rely solely on your spell-checker, as the following illustrates: I have a spelling chequer, It came with my pea sea, It plainly marks four my revue, Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key an type a word, And weight four it two say, Weather eye am wrong oar write, It shows me strait a weigh. …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

These days, when talking of the Internet world, most users will use ‘online’ and this denotes the Internet concept. Way back, when these words were starting out, many forms were seen in written communications (online, on line and on-line); the difference between them (i.e. the use of the hyphen) is very important and applies to many other grammatical forms. It’s now …

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