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The comma, cause of anguish and frustration

As noted in my writingessentials blog and other website writings, the comma is the punctuation mark that, as Little, Brown says. “probably causes more anguish for apprentice writers than any other punctuation mark” (355). Commas are the most frequently misused, or underused, punctuation mark among first-year writers. Indeed, errors with commas represent no less than …

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All Caps in acronyms & electronic messages

Continuing the discussion of capitalization trends began in the previous post, “less is more” with capitalization. In 2016, The New York Times announced changes in it capitalization policy. For instance, it switched to lower case for internet (at the same time that the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal did), although it had changed …

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Some current trends in capitalization

Capitalization is an area of mechanics dealt with several preceding posts, including “How do I know when to capitalize a word?” It is another example of how language and its conventions change, as well as the importance placed in dealing with them. For instance, “unnecessary or missing capitalization” appears as error # 8 in the …

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