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Getting Specific—Addressing Readers’ Examples (Part 2)

November 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

What happens to the comma when you have a question mark or exclamation point midsentence where a comma should go?

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Getting Specific—Addressing Readers’ Examples (Part 1)

October 21, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Three very specific questions about punctuation and grammar—are band names singular or plural, is a band’s name a possessive noun or an attributive noun, how do you treat two verbs in the predicate when one’s a linking verb?

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Answering Your Questions About Specifics

October 14, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A list of resources for grammar and punctuation as well as style and usage. Introduction to a series on very specific questions regarding usage.

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Capitalizing on the Holidays—A Reader’s Question

September 30, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Confused about how to capitalize holidays and religious holy days? Don’t know if holiday greetings should be capitalized in a story? Read on for tips for capitalizing holiday terms.

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Either, Neither, and Subject-Verb Agreement

September 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Is either singular or plural? What about neither? Does it get a singular verb or a plural one? Learn when the words either and neither are singular and when they’re plural.

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Dealing With Interruptions

September 2, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Interrupters, digressions, asides, and comments can be set apart by commas, parentheses, and dashes. Explore the options for punctuating interrupters.

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Introduce Me with a Comma

August 27, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many introductory sentence elements are followed by a comma. Yet not all are. A discussion of comma use with elements at the beginning of a sentence.

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Compound Words—Using This Cheat Sheet is Not Cheating

August 15, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for spelling compound words—open, closed, and hyphenated compounds. The Chicago Manual of Style has a great section on spelling compound words.

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One Adjective Paired with Multiple Nouns—A Reader’s Question

August 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader asked a question about one adjective modifying multiple nouns. There are some choices that are clearly better than others.

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Smiling or Laughing Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

March 30, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.

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