Following Up on the Word “That”

The word “that” is a problem in a clause in that it doesn’t always have something that it is doing in the clause it starts and can therefore be left out. It is equally correct to say. …I know that he was there. …I know he was there. When an adverb clause is dropped in after “that” in this sentence, …

Capping After the Dash

Do not cap a word after a dash unless it always has to be capped. …He was on his way to — to visit her in the hospital. …She helped him to — helped her to the couch after she fell. When there is a complete chance of topic after the dash, paragraph the next sentence. Of course, the paragraphed …

Good Grammar (Finally) — The Class

Here is the information on my upcoming online grammar class. The class is a total of 1.5 CEU’s, divided up into six sessions of two and a half hours each. Each session has been prequalified for CEUs through NCRA. If you cannot attend a session and wish to receive CEUs, you may listen to the recording and write a detailed …

The Participle

A participle that immediately follows the word it modifies is punctuated according to essential/nonessential.…It was my friend sitting on the end of the row that won the prize.…It was John Jones, sitting on the end of the row, that won the prize. If the participle is down the line in the sentence — that is, removed — it generally takes …

“The Reason Is…”

Once you use the word “reason,” the words why, on account of, due to, because are all extraneous — and wrong! “Reason” is enough. …The reason is because he… NO! …The reason why is he… NO! …The reason is on account of his… NO! …The reason is due to his… NO! …The reason is I didn’t have the money. …The …

The Word “So”

When the word so means “therefore,” it starts a new sentence and takes a semicolon or period in front of it and no single comma after it because it is only one syllable. …We left early; so I missed his phone call. …The company had already fired him; so there was nothing I could do to help. …The blue car …