Upcoming Punctuation Class

Just checking in to remind you that the punctuation class is starting this Saturday. This is your chance to put all of those rules into some sort of order so that they hang together better — without paying the big bucks to travel and even in your pajamas and with your own snacks! The class has been prequalified for 2 …

A Period or a Question Mark?

When the witness repeats the question or part of the question and then answers it, use a question mark after the question and let the rest of the answer stand on its own. …Q   Was it after 10:00 that he called that night? …A    Was it after 10:00? Yes. …Q   What was the attire for the meeting? …

That Sneaky Dependent Clause, Part 2

I have been asked for a little more explanation on the last post. A dependent clause is dependent because it has a word out in the front of it that “introduces” it. …He left. (a sentence, an independent clause) …that he left (dependent clause) …when he left (dependent clause) …because he left (dependent clause) …if he left (dependent clause) When …

Punctuation Precision

Punctuation Precision A 20-hour course   It’s BACK! You have been asking for a repeat of this class since we gave it last year. So here it is.   This course is offered as an alternative to the “hit and miss” hour or two that we tend to get during conventions. Though there is value in any time spent on …

Already a Unit = No Hyphen

When the word “dollars” is said and there are numbers above a million with the figure and the word, the dollar sign is used, and the combination is considered to be a unit and uses no hyphen. (NOTE: It is perfectly fine to use all figures for these, though it is probably easier to read in the figure-word combination.) …They spent $1.2 …