tips for using titles

Tips for Using Titles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the life of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  To commemorate this day, I thought I would help you remember the proper times and places to use the word “Saint” as well as many other titles that…

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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…