Who’s eating Grandma? The importance of correct punctuation

Commas give meaning to sentences Commas are important to inject the correct meaning into a sentence, particularly long sentences. They also have an important role to play in short sentences, and if you don’t get it right there could be awful consequences. Let’s do a quick exercise to show how dangerous it can be if…… Continue reading Who’s eating Grandma? The importance of correct punctuation

Punctuation: The Comma and Its Uses

From the Oxford comma to an omission comma, the little curly punctuation mark is a small, simple thing that can cause so much confusion amongst writers. We probably all think we have an idea when it should be used and yet still puzzle over it at times. Many people will tell you a comma is used…… Continue reading Punctuation: The Comma and Its Uses

Possessive Apostrophe

An apostrophe used to show possession of something to someone can be a complicated thing. Do not confuse a possessive apostrophe with one used for a contraction of two words. For clarity you should always consult a good style guide, such as New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide or The Elements of Style by Strunk and…… Continue reading Possessive Apostrophe

The Apostrophe and the Greengrocer

Greengrocer? Often called the Greengrocer’s Apostrophe because it was seen on market stalls and greengrocers’ shops: carrot’s, onion’s, mushroom’s. You can see apostrophes used wrongly in some of the most public places: on vans, shop fronts, and billboards. Not checking your punctuation before having something printed professionally can harm your credibility. Would you want the professional…… Continue reading The Apostrophe and the Greengrocer

When do you use semicolons? ;

Baffled by semicolons? Not sure when to use them? Won’t a comma do instead? Think of the semicolon as a full stop (period) combined with a comma. It is not quite a full stop and not quite a comma. You might use it when the next clause is related in subject or idea, but not…… Continue reading When do you use semicolons? ;