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Where have all the hyphens gone? Long time passing . . .

First posted December 2014 . . . but from what I keep seeing, it’s worth reminding everyone who uses the AMERICAN grammar system of the basic uses for hyphens! ************** I ask because using hyphens seems to have become a…

Revisiting Hyphens

There are a lot of punctuation marks that are misunderstood and mishandled — think of the semicolon — but none so truly lacking in understanding as the hyphen. It’s such a small mark that its importance can be overlooked. And although…

Who’s Hoarding All The Hyphens?

I am rerunning this particular post (first published December 2014) because over the last ten months I have tripled my readership, and I seriously doubt anyone has gone back to the beginning of what I have written to see what…

Using Hyphens

Good morning, dear readers! Here’s another installment of my Monday grammar checkup posts, this one on using hyphens in compound (multi-word) adjectives, those that come right in front of a noun and modify / describe it. I often see this…

What Do Editors Do, Anyway?

What do editors do, anyway? Authors usually know they need another pair of eyes once they’ve gotten their thoughts together in a draft form. But they can become confused about who they should talk to, especially as there’s no 100%…

Seriously? I’m an Editor?

Seriously? I’m an editor? Yup, I guess so. But I still laugh to myself and probably always will … When did I become an editor? Oh, right. When a good friend – Sandra Elaine Scott – asked me to help her…

Visually Smooth Out Your Writing

Would you like to know how you can visually smooth out your writing?  As a copyeditor, I work on a wide variety of articles every week, some so well written my jaw drops in awe. Occasionally there’s one that needs…

It’s Quiz Time Again!

It’s quiz time again, folks! I see a lot of errors in articles, many likely made due to confusion about what’s considered correct in the American grammar system. While our system has a lot in common with all others, it’s…

Four Odd Punctuation Rules

There are four odd punctuation rules  in the American system that you may not be aware of. I am certain every language has its own ways that might not make absolute sense in terms of spelling, usage, or punctuation. Heaven…

Hiring an Editor: Hacks to Save you $$

Are you thinking of hiring an editor to help with you with your project? Are you officially a blogger / author / writer? However you label yourself, you’re writing for others to see. How did that happen? Why are you…

Devils and Details!

Ah, devils and details. You’ve heard expressions that include that idea, right? Well, for me, because I’m an editor / copyeditor, I see typos everywhere — and I know many of you do as well. We can’t know if the…

Another Pop Quiz!

*********** Yes, it’s quiz time again! I know many of you actually read my posts and perhaps even try to make some changes (if you’re using American grammar), so I hope this little quiz is easy for you! FYI: There…

It’s Quiz Time Again!

Please remember this is based on the American grammar system; if you follow any of the British systems, your rules might be different. ************** Yes, here’s another quiz (previous one here), which explains why I chose that picture for this…

It’s Back-to-School Time!

Ah, school. Were you one of those eager beavers who was excited to go back and see friends you hadn’t seen since you got out of school last May or June? Or were you one of those who  hated the…

Quiz!

Over the last few months I have attempted to help everyone (re)learn some of the rules of American grammar, and I hope I’ve succeeded. It seems like a good idea – at least to me – to give you a…

American Grammar

When did you last take an American grammar class? Were you about 12 or 13, wondering when the class would end? Were you passing notes, nodding off, wishing you were somewhere else? Did you learn anything? Did you really care…