Category Archives: Punctuation

Problems using apostrophe’s correctly?

Apostrophes seem to get us very agitated. Some people omit them altogether, for fear of committing a ‘grave’ punctuation error, and some insert them willy-nilly because they think they look good. Some people even put them incorrectly in blog headings … Continue reading

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Be careful where you put that hyphen!

A ‘little used car’ is not the same as a ‘little-used car’. The former is just a small, second-hand vehicle, into which you might struggle to fit your weekend shopping; the latter is possibly a great bargain with very low … Continue reading

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Should we use ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, etc … or ‘do not’, ‘cannot’, etc?

Is it OK to use contractions like ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘I’ll’, they’ve’, and so on? Or should we always use the fully spelled out versions, ‘do not’, ‘cannot’, ‘I will’, ‘they have’, and so on? In official or formal documents it’s … Continue reading

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