What Coming?

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Just a note about what’s coming up. Academic review online for the CA CSR English exam — February 9 and 10. My word pairs book will be out in February. I think it will be a terrific addition to your resources. My first four online seminars will be available on the site. Listen to the recording; take a quiz. File …

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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To each of you that has read even one post this year and to all of you that are reading this for the first time, I wish you blessings and peace for the season and into the new year. We will jump back into English with both feet later this week. I have big plans for the new year — …

Numbers and Other Things That Denote a List

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Remember that a number or word that denotes an item in a list must be surrounded by punctuation. Sometimes that punctuation is something other than commas. …in Indiana; two, in California; three, in Florida… …was 54,000; two, 34,000… If the number comes in the middle of the sentence, it must be surrounded by punctuation, usually commas. …government; and, third, the …


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Just a brief pause to express my gratitude for the blessings of my life. Thank you to each one of you who have supported me and my career. I appreciate you. Wishing for each of you a day filled with blessings and being surrounded by those you love. Happy Thanksgiving. Margie  

I Am Back!

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Good evening, all. I have been absent this week — not sure why! I think I was just recuperating from a fairly hectic travel schedule. So I am back. A few hours ago, I finished my fifth online seminar through College of Court Reporting’s ev360 Pro, an absolutely wonderful platform. Those sessions will be posted here on my website in …

Hurricane Sandy

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Dear friends, Know that my husband and I are holding all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this tough time. This is a time that we all have to come together as a people to help. We will be making a donation to the Red Cross and wish we could be there to help in some more significant …

Greetings from WA State

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This is one beautiful place. I am looking forward to seeing the WA reporters on Saturday for a second time this year! After “yes” and “no,” we need to use a comma when the words after the “yes” or “no” echo the words of the question. …Q     Did you see him later in the evening? …     A     Yes, I did. …

Quotes This Weekend

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This coming weekend on Sunday, September 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 Pacific time, I will be presenting a seminar on quotes — when to quote, what to quote, the use of italics, quotes in lieu of italics. Hope you will join me. It is a two-hour seminar for .2 CEU’s. To register, go to http://www.ccr.edu/index.php/margie-holds-court-webinar-series-qdo-i-put-it-in-quotes-why-whereq Happy punctuating! Margie P.S. A …

A “Redefining” with “That Is”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Question Mark, The Semicolon, Uncategorized 3 Comments

Here is a punctuation question from FB that inspired today’s blog: “On examination her lower extremities had normal capillary refill — that is, normal circulation — and no trophic changes, in other words, none of the signs of RSD.” Often people want to redefine or further explain what they have just said. We will deal here with this situation when …