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Understanding the ABCs of Abbreviating

Abbreviating has become common in both written and spoken English. These shortened forms of words and phrases are accepted as effective communication in both formal and informal situations.   “Abbreviation” is a generic term used for shortening our words.  But there are several specific types used in day to…

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The Power of the Exclamation Mark!

Once I believed that the exclamation mark (or exclamation point) was a very easy, straight forward type of punctuation. I remember Mrs. Ramsey, my 5th grade grammar teacher, educating us about four types of sentences, each having its own punctuation mark. Declarative – makes a…

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Getting Rid of Ambiguous Sentences

Ambiguous Sentences You are familiar with these optical illusions, aren’t you? You look at the picture and are sure of what you see; you don’t even question it.Then someone else sees something totally different. You swear the person is nuts.  So you shift your eyes, try to…

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Using Quotation Marks

Punctuation:  Using Quotation Marks “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” Dr. Martin Luther King is one of the most quoted people of current times. (I can say “current times”…

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Why Grammar?

  Why Grammar? Did you recognize that that is not a complete and proper sentence? It’s not, but who cares? Grammar enthusiasts, please turn away from this post today. There are things I am going to say that true grammar fanatics will vehemently disagree with. …