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Punctuation IV: Colons

Are you using colons correctly? This post should help you find out. When using colons, the most common pitfall is to confuse their use with that of semicolons (you can revise semicolons with our previous post, Punctuation I: The Semicolon).

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This is something I find myself repeating day in, day out: The key is consistency. There are plenty of rules that must be followed in writing, but, at the same time, there are different styles that can be adopted but

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Here are a few simple rules to remember when quoting! 1. Single or double quotation marks? This is your personal choice, just ensure that you use either single or double quotation marks consistently throughout! This saves a lot of trouble

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Punctuation II : Hyphen v En Dash

Now let’s take a look at the distinction between a hyphen and an en dash. Hyphens (-) and en dashes (–) cannot be used interchangeably. The Hyphen (-) 1. The hyphen is used for linking compound words (e.g. avoid the

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Punctuation I: The Semicolon

Let’s take a break from homophones and consider the semicolon (;). Semicolons are frequently misused – I generally find that they are either overused (replacing colons and commas) or not used at all. There are three rules to remember when

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