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Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More

One of the hardest things about writing is knowing what punctuations to use and where. Knowing when to abbreviate and when not to.  This website is awesome, I have found it to be very helpful. I learned so much, from grammar, style, spelling and much more.  There were so many great tips however, these are some key items that I have learned and had the most trouble with in the past.

  • Addresses: Blvd., Ave., and St. can be abbreviated; only with number address.
    • Spell out and capitalize when part of a formal street name w/out a number.

Example: Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Ages: ALWAYS use figures
  • Dates: Spell out the name of months when using alone or with a year.
    • Used w/specific date…..abbreviate
    • Colons: You can use a colon instead of a period between two sentences that present contrasting ideas.

Confusing words and Homonyms:

These are a few that I find most confusing when I write.

Accept-the receive

Except-to exclude

Affect-to influence, occasionally used as emotion.

Effect-verb; to cause/noun; result

All right– two words

Grammar Girl’s Website

Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas

Episode 222: May 21, 2010

I have the most problem knowing when to use dashes, parentheses, and commas and other punctuations. This website really breaks it down for you and shows great examples to help you learn the differences between the punctuations.

  • Use parentheses when you want to enclose something that is incidental to the sentence, something that is background or almost unnecessary.
  • Use dashes when you want to enclose or set off something that deserves a lot of attention, is meant to interrupt your sentence, or already has commas or parentheses in it.
  • Use commas to enclose things that belong firmly in the flow of your sentence.