The Language of a Text

Margie Wakeman Wells General, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

We purists do not use “c” for “see” and “4” for “for” in text messaging. We certainly do not use “wud” for “would.” And the list goes on. How many of us put in all punctuation in texting? Well, of course we do. How inconvenient that it is on a separate screen. When it comes to putting a text message …

Oops! …Years Old

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The last example should be …The victim was a 55-year-old. I don’t know why it looks good one minute and not once I have hit the button to send it to you all! Happy punctuating! Margie

Prepositional Phrases

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When a short prepositional phrase is a simple adverb, it is never punctuated based on essential/nonessential. When it is an adverb, it usually takes no punctuation since adverbs get to wander around in the sentence. …On Monday we visited her in the hospital. …We visited her in the hospital on Monday. …We visited her on Monday in the hospital. There …

Punctuate the Fragment the Same As…

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Punctuate a fragment that stands for a complete thought the same way you would punctuate the complete thought that it stands for. …Q Where was he?…A At the beach. He was alone.…A He was at the beach. He was alone.Punctuation for the word “correct?” falls into this category. It is punctuated the same as “is that correct?” It takes a …

“Sometime/Some Time”

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  Often the grammar of the sentence determines the one-word/two-word difference for the word sometime. If it is the object of a preposition, it has to be two words. …for some time… …at some time… In these expressions, the word time is the main noun. You cannot say “ago” or “back” by themselves. So you need two words. …some time …

“That” — Do We Need a Comma? — “I Don’t Remember”

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  This construction has the grammar elements turned around and out of order. The word “that” is the direct object, which has been pulled out to the front of the sentence. If the direct object were longer, it would absolutely have to have the comma.   …The name of the man who waited on me that night, I don’t remember. …