The Beloved and Oft-Misused Semi-colon

I’m not sure why it is that teen writers love the semi-colon, but they do; however, despite their love for it, they often misuse the poor thing. I don’t think this is all their fault. For whatever reason, at least where I teach, students have a semi-colon “learning gap.” They seem to be either terrified of…

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6 Comma Rules You Need to Know

It’s finals week here which means that I’ve been reading essay after essay, marking comma error after comma error. I would like to say that only the first year freshmen make these mistakes, but unfortunately, even my senior Creative Writing students struggle with commas. In some fantasy writing dreamworld, we could throw commas around haphazardly,…

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Grammar Geek – Quotation Marks, Commas, and Periods

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time this vacation relaxing, perusing the net, catching up on my favorite blogs and news sites.  I love to do this except when I see silly punctuation errors and then the English teacher side of me starts to twitch. One of the most common errors I see is…

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Grammar Geek – How to Punctuate with Quotation Marks

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time this vacation relaxing, perusing the net, catching up on my favorite blogs and news sites.  I love to do this except when I see silly punctuation errors and then the English teacher side of me starts to twitch. One of the most common errors I see is…

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