Tag: hyphens
A quick lesson on hyphens
On May 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. (What a pretty house! She is tall!) Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly). When an adverb modifies an adjective (e.g. “she is extremely tall,” no hyphen is necessary. I see many authors make this error in their book descriptions and personal bios. For example: […]

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What a difference a hyphen can make
On October 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Recently I went to dinner with a friend. As we perused the menu, I noticed the following section: I pointed to the list and asked my friend, “If we ordered all of these, how much would it cost?” He studied the options for a moment and then said, “thirty-six dollars.” I shook my head. “Actually, […]

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Don’t cook your family, Rachael!
On May 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

The other day, a friend who shares my passion for good grammar posted the following picture on Facebook: While this example may be a bit extreme (yet hilarious), it shows that punctuation is important! Too often writers are lazy about using commas correctly, but as demonstrated above, one or more missing ones can completely change […]

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