Where should a period or comma come – before or after the quotation marks? Are the US conventions logical? Here’s my thoughts on Slate’s article “The Rise of Logical Punctuation”.
Language purists, watch out! Here’s are 10 obsolete grammar rules you’re going to have to break if you want to keep pace with our ever changing language.
It has become common for writers to refer to a single person, who could be of either gender, as a “they.” This “singular they” construction is grammatically problematic. Clearly one person does not qualify as a “they,” “their” or “them.” Yet we refer, perhaps lazily, or even sloppily, to singles as multiples – because it would be challenging or awkward to be grammatically rigorous.
Lack of parallel construction can cause ambiguities and misunderstandings in your writing. Learn how to use parallel construction to write unambiguous sentences and be sure you get your exact point across.
The Essay Expert gets a Grammar Lesson and a Valentine’s Day Life Lesson. Brenda shares her thoughts on winter car washes, the difference between insure and ensure, and being right.
I got an email from my friend Seth Nowak on January 13, 2011 jokingly reporting, “Obama said ‘tenent’ in his speech last night. One term president.” I was already planning to write a blog about the difference between “tenant” and “tenet.” Seth’s email sealed the deal.
If you are writing a college essay, resume or cover letter, you will benefit from this grammar tip on structuring sentences using correlative conjunctions. A correlative conjunction is a conjunction used with another conjunction that is necessary to complete the thought. “Both/and” is a popular correlative conjunction pair. (Other common examples are either/or and not…
Today I heard a GEICO commercial that included a line something like this: “To show our appreciation, call within the next 15 minutes…” Does this sentence contain a grammatical error? Read about it here.
Is the widespread use of text messaging destroying our children’s ability to write in proper English sentences? Good question!
Need some writing help with how to use commas and semicolons? Read on for punctuation rules and how to fix a comma splice, then go back and check out part 1.