Punctuation

How mechanics are used with quotation marks

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ As my Adult Ed Writing Workshop goes virtual this year, I am reminded by the work of issues that plague writers, whether beginning or experienced. Despite being good readers, participants are not always able to decide on the …

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What’s the difference between grammar, punctuation, and mechanics?

The use of these terms in grammar and language study can be inconsistent and individual. There is sometimes even confusion within one document by the same author. We saw with previous post that some people label mistakes in usage (which primarily deals with the use of a word) as an error in grammar. And indeed …

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When do you use parentheses vs brackets in a sentence?

Parentheses and brackets are usually grouped under the term “other punctuation marks” in writing handbooks and resources. These two marks of graphics are used to set off material. Though sometimes confused or used in place of each other, their uses are specific, and using parentheses where brackets are required or vice versa would be seen …

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