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How to Learn the Apostrophe (test answers)

Do we need them?
Where do they go?

Here are the answers according to the conventional rules:

The cat s drinking its milk. 74 more words


How to Learn the Apostrophe

A waste of space or an essential tool of written communication?

Notoriously complex, mysteriously simple. The ‘comma in the air’ has caused much controversy over the years. 328 more words


Pesky Punctuation, Pt. V: The Em Dash

No, we’re not talking about Rapidash today. (Sorry to get your hopes up, Pokémon fans…) We’re talking about something even more exciting: Pesky Punctuation’s fifth installment, the em dash! 478 more words


Using the slash mark

When reviewing business copy, I often notice a lot of use of the slash mark. First, besides appearing in URLs, fractions, or dates, for example, a slash is a mark that shows options: … 177 more words


A few things every prose writer needs

A recent poll revealed that among respondents over fifty, ‘publish a novel’ has displaced ‘have an extra-marital affair’ as the most cited ambition. Perhaps so many people aspire to write because all you need to get started is a pen and paper or something to type on. 684 more words

Getting Started

The hyphen, en dash and em dash: What they are and how to format them

These similar-looking marks can show up in your marketing copy. If you’re wondering how they’re used and how they’re supposed to be formatted, here’s a brief explanation of the most common uses:* 312 more words


Grammar and Mechanics

Grammar and Mechanics (spelling, punctuation): Grammar relates to sentence structure: run-on sentences, misplaced commas, parallelism (the concept that idea in a sentence should be presented in parallel form. 249 more words