Grammar How-To: That, Which, and Who

This is Part Four in our Grammar How-To Series. I’ll be brief. It matters, though maybe not the way you think it does. Or maybe exactly the way you think it does. Take the test and find out. 1. Choose the sentence that makes the most sense. a) Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”…

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How to Use Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes

This is part two in our original grammar series. It turns out the little horizontal lines you’ve been sticking between words when you weren’t sure what sort of punctuation should go there are actually different lengths for a reason. Go figure. Which of the following should fill the blank? 1. The confident student begins the well_proofed…

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How to Use Commas

This is part one in our original grammar series. Today, we discuss the comma. It has rules attached to it that are easy to forget, and often hard to understand. Which of these sentences is correctly punctuated? A) Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Tell Tale Heart,” describes the crazy narrator’s murder of the old man…

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8 Punctuation Marks You Never Knew You Needed

Sometimes an ellipsis just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need… a superellipsis. As we increasingly communicate with each other through the written word, via texts, comments, and online chats, does anyone besides me feel that our choice of punctuation marks is sorely lacking? Well, I suppose College Humor does, since they’ve given us these suggestions for…

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