Good Grammar (finally)

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Just want to let you all know that my big “experiment” is just around the corner — an “experiment” because it is something I have not tried before. So often the problems we encounter in punctuation are because of a lack of understanding of how the grammar works “behind the scenes.” I decided last year that I would attempt to …

New Word Pairs Book

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My new book, Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, is in print and available on my website. I am really excited about it and hope you are too. For all of you that have already purchased it, thank you. I look forward to your feedback. Am celebrating with a few days of vacation! Happy punctuating! Margie

Hyphenating to a Compound Noun

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When you have a compound noun that is separate words and it is being used as an adjective in front of a noun, it is not hyphenated. …real estate deal… …social security payment… When there is a prefix or suffix for the compound noun, hyphenate it to the front or back of the noun; however, do not hyphenate the compound …

Word Pairs — At Last

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I am sure you have noticed that I have been absent from here! I am back — as tomorrow morning I finally and at last send the word pairs book to the printer. Even as I am thinking, “What was I thinking when I decided to write another book?” my mind is looking ahead to the next one and trying …

When the “And” Is Missing

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Put a comma before the and because there is an independent subject and verb after the and. …I was driving northbound on Madison, and I turned left onto Rourke. …Rachel went to the hospital, and she spoke with the doctor. No comma before the and in these sentences because there is not an independent subject and verb after the and. …

“Than I” versus “Then Me”

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I have been on Facebook a couple of times in the last couple of days and am seeing away too much of then instead of than! When there is a comparison word — that would be the word more or an “-er” on the end of a word — you want to use the word than. The word then, which …

RPR and CSR English Prep

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Sign up now for the English review to prepare for any certification test for English — especially the California CSR English test. There are two sessions — four hours for a total cost $90. It is also possible to take just one session. There will be practice material and two mock CSR exams. Go to www.ccr.edu/index.php/registration/ev360-professional-webinars to register.  

“I Wish I Were…”

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The use of the word were in this construction is fading from our language as people do not understand the correctness of it. This construction is called “contrary-to-fact” subjunctive. It is a situation in which one wishes for something that is not true. …I wish I were able to attend (but I cannot)… …I wish he were here with me …

“Than” and “Then”

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When there is a comparison, the word you want is than, not then. …harder than I thought… …smoother than the last one… …acts better than she… …performed better than he did the last time… More and more, we are seeing the word then in this pattern — taller then John — just wrong, wrong, wrong!!! Then means “next” or “at …

Capping the Words for the Directions

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The words for the directions — north, south, east, west — and any “combined” forms of those are capped when they represent a “recognized” geographical area. There are those we would all recognize. …lived in South America for a while… …visited the North Pole… …vacationed in the South of France… …moved to Northern California… These words are not capped when …