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Apostrophes Before S – Rules and Examples

Apostrophe rules are not as confusing as you think. Once you know the fundamental guidelines on their placement, you’ll be able to answer, where should the apostrophe go? Keep reading to learn when to put an apostrophe before s. I also provided examples of how to use the apostrophe and …

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Tilde Symbol (~) Definition, Usage, and Examples

The curvy dash located towards the top of your keyboard is almost exclusively reserved as an accent mark for a few different foreign languages. Called a tilde, it offers a nasal pronunciation to the letter it is associated with, but it has very little use in the English language.  Outside …

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The Pilcrow or Paragraph Symbol ¶ (Keyboard Shortcuts)

The pilcrow has a long and illustrious history as a topographical mark used to separate ideas and topics within blocks of text. Although rarely seen in modern times, it once was a common symbol drawn into the spaces scribes left to indicate a change of tone or subject in their …

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Number Sign – Rules and Examples

The number sign can be more than just a symbol to indicate numerical uses. It also is known by multiple names and has a long history of use in computer programming and alternative communication via modern media.  Look at how you can use this common typographical mark to help showcase …

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When to Use Single Quotes vs. Double Quotes (With Examples)

Single and double quotation marks use varies depending on the country you are writing within, and keeping the basic rules of these punctuation marks can be confusing.  Since this site is dedicated to the grammar rules associated with the US, we are going to focus on the differences between single …

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Bullet Points – Rules, Usage, and Examples

Bullet points help create key points to grab a reader’s attention and work on clarifying and directing the main point. They can summarize, provide directions, highlight main points, and offer an easy-to-follow structure for the reader to follow.  Take a look at how you can use bullet points to enhance …

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Titles of Works – Punctuation Guide

When including titles of works in your writing, they must be appropriately punctuated. This helps emphasize their importance amongst the rest of the text. Although you may be creative in highlighting them, there are some broadly accepted rules for various titles of different works. The most important thing to remember …

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Grammar vs. Punctuation – What’s the Difference?

Two essential features of language are grammar and punctuation. We use these aspects to become more effective speakers and writers who convey messages clearly.  But grammar and punctuation are different. They differ in meaning, focus, and application.  So, what’s the difference between grammar and punctuation? Is punctuation part of grammar? …

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The Caret Symbol: How to Use It and What It Means

The caret symbol may look familiar from your middle school editing lessons, but how can it be used for typed text?  This informal symbol indicates basic editing needs, directs attention to previously written materials, and even works for mathematical equations. And, if you are unsure where it is located and …

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The Pipe Symbol (|): A Comprehensive Guide

Unless you work in computing, mathematics, or physics, chances are you have never come across the pipe symbol. However, the pipe symbol is important enough to earn a place on your keyboard, so how should it be used?  If you want to know what this symbol represents, how it can …

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