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December 3, 2013  1:24 PM

“Ass” as an intensifier and why we need hyphens: big ass pizza

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound modifiers, ESL, hyphenation, intensifier, punctuation, slang

Which is correct?

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October 3, 2012  1:22 PM

Em dashes and spaces: AP vs. Chicago

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, AP vs. Chicago style, Chicago style, punctuation

I'm taking another run at yesterday's Q&A. I was apparently wrong about being wrong. I'd been using em dashes correctly all along, if only by accident, since we loosely follow AP...

October 2, 2012  9:03 PM

Do you put spaces around em dashes?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, em dashes, punctuation

Which is correct? 1. Vendors—including Apple, Google and Microsoft—all...

September 24, 2012  6:48 PM

It’s Punctuation Day. Here — have some more!

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

Did you know that September 24th, 2012 is Punctuation Day‽  It's also Bluebird of...

August 28, 2012  10:37 AM

Punctuation matters: What does this sentence mean?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commas, punctuation

What does this sentence mean? Happy birthday to Besse Cooper, the world's oldest person who turned 116 today. a. It's a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the oldest person in the world and she turned 116 today. b. It's a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the...

August 22, 2012  1:11 PM

The difference between colons and semicolons

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
advanced punctuation, colons, colons and semicolons, punctuation

Which is correct? The point of disaster recovery is the same for both large enterprises and _________ need to stay in business. a. SMBs: They b. SMBs; they

July 11, 2012  12:30 PM

Plural of ellipsis?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
pluralization, punctuation, word meanings

Which is correct? _________ are often used in a

May 29, 2012  12:08 PM

Comma confusion

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commas, Oxford comma, punctuation

typing Which is correct?a. The iconic singer Madonna tweeted for the very first...

June 10, 2010  12:40 PM

Are you ready for advanced punctuation?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, colons and semicolons, grammar, punctuation, video

As EnglishTeacherGuy explains in this video, you can get along just fine without colons and semicolons; however, if you really want to impress people, you should learn how to use them properly. Otherwise, just leave them out: using advanced punctuation incorrectly will only undermine your...

May 11, 2010  4:27 PM

Combining quotation marks with other punctuation

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, punctuation, Quiz, quotation marks and punctuation

Which is correct? According to Peter Drucker "there is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a _________ a. customer." b. customer".

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