“Forgo” and “Forego”

Forgo = to give up, do without Forego = to go before As strange as it might sound, the past tense and past participles of these words are forwent/forgone and forewent/foregone. …He forwent his chance to make a difference on that issue. …Had you already forgone your chance to accompany him? …It was a foregone conclusion. Happy punctuating! Margie

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing each of you a most blessed day, a day in which I will give thanks for each of you as we travel this “court reporting” road together. Margie

The Comma and “My Question Is…”

What follows “is” is a predicate nominative that renames the subject.   …My name is Margie. …My response was that he was incompetent. …My question is where did he go?   The last one is the exact pattern of the first two, where no one would want a comma. The last sentence has a little bad grammar thrown in, in …

“Less” and “Fewer”

Use fewer for things that can be counted: …fewer seats… …fewer problems… …fewer cars… Use less for things that cannot be counted: …less vitality… …less meat… …less truth… Words like “space” and “room” and many others could go either way, depending upon the intended meaning. …There were fewer spaces to park after the renovation. …There was less space between the …

A Verb Combo

When there is a “little word” after a verb and the two words together have a specific definition — “take up,” “take over,” “take on” — the combination is always two words as a verb. It needs to be looked up as a noun as it might be one word and it might be hyphenated. …The cops will stake out …

“i.e.” and Its Friends, Part 4

These eight expressions are often used when something is being renamed or reiterated: i.e., that is, e.g., for example, to wit, namely, for instance, in other words The punctuation depends upon where they are in the sentence and/or what follows them. There are six rules; so we will do a few at a time. THE PARENTHETICAL AND THE APPOSITIVE IN …

“i.e.” and Its Friends, Part 3

These eight expressions are often used when something is being renamed or reiterated: i.e., that is, e.g., for example, to wit, namely, for instance, in other words The punctuation depends upon where they are in the sentence and/or what follows them. There are six rules; so we will do a few at a time. AT THE END OF THE SENTENCE …

“i.e.” and Its Friends, Part 2

These eight expressions are often used when something is being renamed or reiterated: i.e., that is, e.g., for example, to wit, namely, for instance, in other words The punctuation depends upon where they are in the sentence and/or what follows them. There are six rules; so we will do a few at a time. AFTER A QUESTION Use a question …

“i.e.” and Its Friends

These eight expressions are often used when something is being renamed or reiterated: i.e., that is, e.g., for example, to wit, namely, for instance, in other words The punctuation depends upon where they are in the sentence and/or what follows them. There are six rules; so we will do a few at a time. WHEN THESE WORDS AND WHAT FOLLOWS …

“Yes” and “No”

I think we have done this recently, but here it is again. There are several rules floating around on what comes after yes and no. The easiest and simplest is this: When the words after yes and no echo or repeat the words in the question, use a comma. Otherwise, use a period.…Q Were you there on Friday?…A Yes, I …