Category: Grammar

Do you use hyphens and em dashes correctly?

  Many people interchangeably use hyphens and dashes. Hyphens are shorter and are used for specific purposes. Dashes set off a thought or are used for emphasis. The most common dash use is an Em Dash which is longer. “I thought to myself — do I really need this?”   Hyphens basically connect two adjectives

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Really Unique – really?

Really, very, especially, (choose your adverb) People love to modify the word “unique.” The problem is that it’s an absolute adjective. It can’t be compared or take a superlative form. Like dead and pregnant. You simply can’t modify them. (Thank you for mentioning this President Bartlet on West Wing.) Let’s not take the easy (and

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Watching TV in the ocean?

“Churning in the Atlantic Ocean, we anxiously watched the weather report for information about the hurricane.” Does the quote above sound a little odd? Do you picture a family afloat in a wild Atlantic Ocean with a television? Misplaced modifiers create the funniest phrases, but they sound correct to us when we are reading them,

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Are we being too descriptive?

“The best descriptions are the ones that are completely original, easily understood and often reminisced.”   Descriptions play a huge part in any piece of writing. You’re always telling a story, and your audience should be able to visualize what is happening. However, overdoing descriptions with too many saturated words can take away from what

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