What about…? How about…?

“What about…?” and “How about…?” are idiomatic expressions that are meant to ask a question. It is true that they are not grammatically complete sentences in that they do not have a verb. However, idioms are unique unto themselves, and these two indicate questions and must stand alone with a question mark. If there is a question after this expression, …

20-Hour Punctuation Class Begins Sunday

Good morning. Just a reminder that I am beginning a 20-hour punctuation class this coming Sunday. The ten two-hour class sessions will meet on Saturdays and/or Sundays and continue into June. This is your chance to pull all of those rules together and better understand how everything goes together. There will be a question-and-answer time in each session to discuss those …

What to Do When Punctuation Is Said

When someone says the word for the punctuation mark, the decision about whether to put the word into the transcript or just the punctuation mark itself is really an editorial decision on the part of the reporter. A person says: “It is the, cap, First, cap, Amendment discussion that is important.” A person is reading from a document and says: “On …

Need Last-Minute CEUs?

For the past several years, I have had webinars available on my website for you to listen to, take a quiz, and receive CEUs. Those are no longer available because of file incompatibility. Some of you were apparently counting on those for last-minute CEUs. On Saturday, December 10, I am giving four one-hour online webinars back to back. This is the schedule: 8:30 to …

“My Question Is…”

This construction always causes consternation and no end of disagreement. This is my understanding of the way English grammar works. It is never correct to use a single separating comma between the verb and the predicate nominative. Surely no one wants a comma in the following examples. …My name is Margie. …Her response is that she was not home. …My …

Punctuate What Is Really There…

I have been on “hiatus” for a while. Actually I have been swamped for a while!! So I am back — still swamped but back. There is a question on FB about the word “but” and whether it should have a comma before it when it ends the sentence. Remember that we punctuate what is really there. This sentence just …

Reminder

I did a “free” hour at the beginning of the month on where not to use a comma. That lecture is up on my website at margieholdsclass.com until this Wednesday. If you want to listen, now is the time. Happy punctuating! Margie

Punctuation Class Begins This Weekend

Just a reminder that I am beginning at 20-hour punctuation class this Saturday. It will finish before the CEU deadline in September and has been prequalified by NCRA for a full two CEUs. The class meets on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 Pacific time and/or Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 Pacific time. The advantage to this class is …