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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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What is the Oxford or Serial Comma Controversy? Updated 1.8.21

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ To comma or not to comma? What do you do when using a comma in a series? Do you write red, white, and blue  or   red, white and blue? The use of comma in a series or list …

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Do errors in writing matter?

Does anyone care (anymore) about errors in writing, especially when written communication is becoming increasingly brief and informal; for instance, so much more is handled by email: applications to colleges or employers, query letters and writing samples for publication. And the increasing use of posts on social media sites, not only inviting a level or …

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