Hurricane Sandy

Dear friends, Know that my husband and I are holding all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this tough time. This is a time that we all have to come together as a people to help. We will be making a donation to the Red Cross and wish we could be there to help in some more significant …

Online Seminars with ev360Pro

Just finished my fourth online seminar with ev360Pro from CCR. I think I am getting the hang of it! This one was on semicolons. We had a great time — sat at home in our pajamas with the snack of our own choosing and chatted about semicolons. What better way to spend a Saturday morning!? These seminars will be available …

The Word “Please”

The punctuation for the word “please” varies according to its position in relation to what it modifies. When it is at the beginning of the unit it modifies, use no punctuation after it. …Please allow me to continue what I was saying. …Please do not interrupt me. When it is at the end of the unit it modifies, use a …

Quotes Inside Quotes Inside Quotes

Take a look at this sentence: …Now, I recognize — well, her response to that was “Hey, you know, somebody might say, ‘Hey, a driver told me about — you know, he came back from a delivery and said, “You know, this guy fell when I was delivering this lumber, and he got hurt.” ‘ “The quotes alternate. It is …

A Most Troublesome Construction

In my September newsletter, I posted this discussion. The October issue will be out in a few days, and I will go on to explain the punctuation. So before I do that, here is the original discussion: …I expect that (after he reads my letter) he will not want to speak to me. …We know that (upon exiting the train …

Sequential References

When a word and number appear together — Section 15, Chapter 12, page 3 — this is called a sequential reference. The number is always in a figure, and the word describing what it is is capped. There are a few exceptions: page, line, paragraph, verse, and size. …on page 5 …in verse 14 …in line 7 …in Chapter 15 …

Here We Come, GWSRA.

Heading to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to spend some time with GWSRA. Looking forward to the seminars. When the word the precedes a surname, the name has to be plural. We do not say …saw the Nelson… 🙁 …went with the Miller… 🙁 And when the name already has an s, it doesn’t change anything. We still have to make it …

Coordinate Adjectives

Some people are confused about what to do with two or more adjectives that come in front of a noun. Most often, nothing is required. Sometimes a hyphen is required. Sometimes a comma is required between the adjectives. Then these are called coordinate adjectives. Coordinate Adjectives: When two or more adjectives come in front of a noun and modify it …