The Prefix “Co-“

The rule is to add the prefix to the front of the word and make a solid word. The prefix “co-” has generally been an exception to this rule and has been hyphenated. I would say that it is “in transition.” That is, it is generally moving toward being made a solid word in many instances. The problem, as I …

The Prefix “Re-“

We add a prefix to a word to make a solid word unless there is already a word with that spelling and a different meaning. This occurs most often with the prefix “re-.” …She promises to work to reform her bad behavior. …After the merger that occurred, we had to re-form the company. …I have decided to resign from the …

“Preventative”

Just for the record, though it is probably gaining favor since “conversate” has been declared a word — ugh! — the word should be “preventive.” …We took preventive measures to correct the situation. Happy punctuating! Margie

The Ordinal Number

All dates are in figures. The rule in English is that the ordinal is NOT added to the date after the month. …It occurred on June 2 late in the afternoon. …The date is May 4, 2015. …We visited him on July 1 of last year. But… …on the 2nd of June… …May the 4th… Whether you transcribe it or …

Singular Possessives…Again

There seem to be so many variations in the way everyone wants to do the singular possessive: apostrophe alone sometimes, apostrophe s sometimes. Does the word end in s? How is it pronounced? The rule is so simple: Add apostrophe s to the singular form of the word for the singular possessive — no struggles, no mess, no consternation, no …

Searchable Documents and Times

We are in the era of “searchable” documents. An attorney looking for the time of day is not likely to put in “ten” or “four” in his search. The English rules of the 1990s for times don’t work anymore. It is correct that English says to put the number into words with the word “o’clock.” We have moved beyond that …

A Prepositional Phrase Beginning with “Of”…

A prepositional phrase beginning with “of” that represents where a person works or where he is from and that follows a proper noun takes commas around it. Other prepositional phrases do not take these commas. …John Jones, of Smith and Jones… …John Jones, of Buffalo… …Mary Smith, of USC, is speaking at the symposium. …Mary Smith, of Seattle, Washington, is …

“-ly” Words and Hyphens

Most of us know the rule “Do not hyphenate an ‘-ly’ word.” This ruleĀ perhaps need a little more definition. Do not hyphenate an adverb that ends in “-ly” to the word after it. …recently built homes… …highly regarded leaders… This does not apply when the “-ly” word isĀ not an adverb. There are many “-ly” words that are adjectives. …twice-weekly appointments… …