The Word “Then”

The word then is an adverb when it means “next” or “at that time.” When it is an adverb, it does not take punctuation. …We were then seen by a different doctor. …I then noticed the spot it had left. When then is pulled out to the front of the sentence and is being used to connect two sentences, it …

What If They Say “212”?

This question has popped up in seminars over the last several months. My answer is to put it into the transcript as “2012.” I know. You are yelling, “But that is not verbatim!” First of all, we are not verbatim all the time. When “goverment” is said, we put in “government.” For “accidently,” we put in “accidentally.” Second, I think …

And a Little More (Read Above First)

For those who want to add “so” and “yet” to the list of coordinate conjunctions: I have never had anyone be able to explain to me how that follows the way sentences work. I believe this is an error. Tossing out the word “for” because it is a very obscure meaning that makes it a coordinate conjunction, I would address …

Hyphenating a Compound Noun

A compound noun can be one word, hyphenated, or multiple words. You can know the correct form only by looking it up and checking the part of speech. …bookkeeper, roommate …sister-in-law, aide-de-camp …real estate, high school Whatever the form, it must be maintained in all uses of the word. …a bookkeeper problem …an in-law problem …a real estate problem It …

“A Million” or “One Million” and Others

There is a recurring question about these kinds of numbers. What if it is “…sent a hundred dollars to him” or “…paid ten and a half” or “…a little over a million”? The answer is that these are technically not really numbers — “a million” and “a half” and “a hundred.” And English rules say that these should be written …