Fragments

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

We punctuate a fragment the same way that we punctuate the complete sentence it stands for. This is simply the way the language works. …A   With John. He had been ill. …A   I stayed with John. He had been ill. …I have. It has been a long time, however. …I have seen it. It has been a long time, however. …

The Adverb Being Used as a Conjunction

Margie Wakeman Wells The Semicolon Leave a Comment

This one is from an answer on Facebook to the question of what punctuation these sentences need: …He worked late on Friday; so he couldn’t attend the party. …She approached the intersection cautiously; then she came to a complete stop. “So” and “then” are, by nature, adverbs.…was so excited……to then see what was happening…When these adverbs are pulled out to …

The Word “So” — Again

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Semicolon 7 Comments

We continue to struggle with this word “so” — so little and so much trouble!! When “so” means “in order that” and implies the reason for doing something, it is a subordinate conjunction that begins a dependent clause, and there is no punctuation. …walking slowly so I wouldn’t miss anything… …going to see her so I could give her the …

The Word “Although”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma Leave a Comment

The word although is like since and if, not like therefore and however. The word although is a subordinate conjunction, not a conjunctive adverb. The word although does not take a semicolon before it and a comma after it. …saw them; although, they were… 🙁 …win it; although, the team did not… 🙁 …We still saw them although they were …