Connecting Sentences with Commas and Semicolons

Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 9:30 pm

Many of you have been asking for help with punctuating between clauses and phrases within sentences. You want to know when you should use a comma and when you need a semicolon. Here are a few rules with examples that I hope you find very helpful. Commas Rule: Use a comma between two independent clauses …

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Similes and Metaphors

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 2:16 am

Simile A form of expression using “like” or “as,” in which one thing is compared to another which it only resembles in one or a small number of ways. Example: Her hair was like silk. Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate …

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Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2007, at 3:24 pm

The three words, assure, ensure, and insure, are often confused. All three words share an element of "making an outcome sure." However, rather than using these words interchangeably, I'd like to point out the unique aspects of each word so that you can use them to communicate your intention clearly. Assure is to promise or …

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Pronoun Tips

Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 1:05 am

Pronouns take the place of nouns. Subject pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, we, they Object pronouns: me, you, him, her, it, us, them Rule: Use a subject pronoun, not only as the subject of a sentence, but after to be verbs when the pronoun renames the subject. To be verbs: is, are, was, were, …

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Anymore, Any more; Anyone, Any one; Everyone, Every one; Everybody, Every body

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007, at 10:18 pm

Some words written as one word will differ in meaning when split into two words. So you need to know which word you really want. Anymore: any longer, nowadays Example: Harry doesn’t travel anymore. Any more: something additional or further Example: I don’t want any more cake. Anyone: anybody Example: Anyone can learn to cook …

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