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Can you start your sentence with 'however?' How about using 'however' in the middle of a sentence? It is certainly a very useful word. However, one must be mindful of the various regulations that dictate whenever and however we use it!   To mean 'but'  One of the most common ways we...
  When big numbers or long, complicated divisions are involved, things can get blurry, especially when one has to write these numbers out. What complicates matters is pesky punctuation. Are numbers hyphenated when written out?  What about they they serve as adjectives? Ah yes, punctuation follows you even into the realm...
What Does e.g. and i.e. Mean?  The common abbreviation e.g. means for example in Latin, translated from the phrase exempli gratia. Similarly, another abbreviation, i.e means, in other words, stemming from the Latin saying id est.  A punctuation mark always follows them in their modern-day use, such as a period, colon, or semicolon. For instance, the sentences below show correct punctuation in...
Capitalizing The First Word After A Colon Let's talk capitalization after a colon. In short, if used in British English, the first letter used after a colon is usually capitalized if it is an acronym or popper noun. In contrast, the first word after a colon is capitalized if it...
Do you know which is correct: I will finish in three weeks' time or in three weeks time? In one day's time or in one days time? ANSWER: It is correct to say three weeks' time and one day's time. In order to answer this question, you need to understand the main...
Here are the general rules for when to use a comma with which: Place a comma before which if it is introducing a nonrestrictive phrase. Do not place a comma before which if it is part of a prepositional phrase like “in which.” Do not place a comma before which if it introduces an indirect...
There’s is a contraction of there is. It is correct to write, “There’s a hole in my bucket.” It is not correct to write, “There’s three holes in my bucket.” There’s only refers to one item. If you wanted to correct that sentence, you would write, “There are three...
Let's answer the question: "do you put a comma before "because?"  The short answer is when because connects two clauses in a sentence, you don’t need a comma. Because is a subordinating conjunction. It connects a subordinate clause with an independent clause. There should not be a comma between these two clauses. The...
Sometimes too is used with a comma, and sometimes it is not. Both can be correct. Using a comma actually depends on the intention of the writer. The comma adds an emphasis. A comma should also be used before too if there is an abrupt shift in thought. When too is used in the middle...
Do you know when to hyphenate the words “year old”? If you are using “year old” as an adjective, then you need to put a hyphen between the words. For example, you would write “the two-year-old child.” “Two-year-old” is an adjective that describes the child.  Hyphenating Year Old You put a...