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Prepositions

Prepositions

Used for a multitude of purposes, prepositions can be troublesome simply because in many instances there is no logic, or pattern, to their use. Often used to express the relationship between words, prepositions can in fact be split into definable categories to assist in their understanding and use. Prepositions of time Prepositions of time may […]

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Period

Period

Called a full stop in British English and a period in American English, periods are among the easiest punctuations to use. While interrogative sentences end with a question mark, periods are used to end declarative sentences or statements. Example: I would love to go on a hike.                 Don’t forget to bring back my book tomorrow. […]

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Parentheses and Brackets

Parentheses and Brackets

Enclosing single words, phrases or even sentences, parentheses are punctuation marks that add extra information in a sentence. Always written in pairs, they are always written within a text or paragraph.

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Nouns

Nouns

Nouns are usually things, people, names or places, but do not have to be tangible, and can be abstract in nature (such as a concept). Examples: sea (a common noun), brother (a common noun), Sarah (a proper noun), New York (a proper noun), honesty (a common noun) Proper nouns (as opposed to common nouns) are […]

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Interjections

Interjections

An interjection simply expresses an emotion as a reaction to something. Example: Wow! That’s amazing. Ouch! That hurt. In the above examples, the words wow and ouch express the speaker’s reaction to an event, the first offering surprise, the second representing pain. How to use interjections As interjections are spoken, they are inherently informal, so […]

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Hyphen

Hyphen

Used to combine words or parts of words, hyphens are unique dashes that cannot be interchanged with other dashes. When a modifier is placed before the modified word, use a hyphen in the compound modifier. To ensure if a compound word contains a hyphen, it’s best to refer to the dictionary of your choice.

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Slash

Slash

There are two kinds of slashes: backslashes (\) and forward slashes (/). While backslashes are only used in computer codes, forward slashes are used as an English punctuation mark. Also known as a slash, forward slashes followed by commas is acceptable only to denote line breaks in poetry, songs, or plays.

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Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Ellipsis… What Are They? Originating from the Greek word that meant “omission”, an ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is used to show that something has been omitted in a sentence. Ellipsis is useful in showing omission when you are quoting someone. The reasons for using ellipsis ranges from bringing clarity to a sentence, to removing irrelevant words […]

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Dashes

Dashes

In a sentence, dashes are small horizontal lines that are placed between words, unlike underscores that are placed below words. Used to separate words instead of parts of words, dashes are longer than hyphens and denotes pauses or ranges. There are three types of dashes: em, en and double hyphen.

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Comma

Comma

Commas are among the most misused and overused punctuations in the English Grammar. As there are many rules pertaining to the usage of commas, its abuse isn’t too surprising. While there are often many subtle aspects to look out for, here are the ways you can correctly use the comma.

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