More on Hyphens

Margie Wakeman Wells The Hyphen, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Remember that hyphenating words in front of a noun is done to indicate those words form a unit. …long-range plans… …old-fashioned ideas… …five-month-old baby… When the words are already considered to be a unit, no hyphen is required. This occurs with multiple-word compound nouns. …real estate transaction… …social security payments… …high school diploma… One trick for hyphens is to test whether the …

onelook.com

Margie Wakeman Wells General, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

A great reference — onelook.com is a dictionary website. It is most useful for the the FORM of a word. You already know the meaning of swap meet, but is it one word or two words or hyphenated? Put in the entry in each form and see how many dictionaries list it as one or two or hyphenated. For this …

Quotes

Margie Wakeman Wells The Question Mark, The Quotation Mark, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Periods and commas go inside quotes without exception; colons and semicolons go outside quotes without exception. Question marks go inside or outside quotes depending on where the question is being asked: If there is a question inside the quotes, the question mark goes inside; if there is no question inside the quotes but there is one outside, the question mark …

“Punctuation Precision”

Margie Wakeman Wells Uncategorized 2 Comments

Many of you have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive seminar on punctuation — more in depth, so to speak. So I have put together a webinar for this fall that becomes a “course” in punctuation. We will begin with sentence structure and move through the various marks of punctuation: the period, question mark, quotation mark, colon, dash, semicolon, …