“May 5, 2013, Letter” — or Drop the Second Comma??

One last comment on this: We have only two basic ways that we use commas. Every comma we use falls into one of two categories: ONE comma pushes things apart. It is the “separating” comma. It is put in so that two things do not pile up on each other. So we put one comma between the month and the …

Ordinal Numbers in a Date

All dates are transcribed in figures. When the ordinal is added to a date when said — …on May 5th… — it is not good grammar. It is not correct to say the month and date and add the ordinal to the date. Whether you are going to transcribe it with the ordinal depends on how “verbatim” you are going …

The Word “Church”

Capitalization for the word church is as follows: Cap church when it is part of the title of a church organization. …went to the First Baptist Church… …drove past Holy Nativity Episcopal Church… Cap church when it is the entity — used mostly for the Catholic denomination: …know that the Church is against abortion… …do not think the Church will …

The Dash

Just the basic rules for the dash. It is the third one that many people don’t always remember. There are three basic reasons to use a dash:1. broken sentence structure (This is where the interruption fits.)2. full sentence dropped into another full sentence…I want to read to you from — can you hear me? — your deposition on May 5.…I …

“Each Other” and “One Another”

There is a grammar principle here: Use each other with two; use one another with three or more. Remember that, when making a word possessive, everything in front of the apostrophe has to be a word. So when these are made possessive, it has to be each other’s and one another’s since there isn’t a word “each others” or “one …

“Turn Into”

This particular phrase,┬áturn into, is an idiom which means “to become.” …When he drinks, he turns into a monster. So with the word turn, unless the meaning is “to become,” in to has to be two words. …He turned in to the driveway. …He turned in to the roadway. But …He pulled into the driveway. …He pulled into the roadway. …