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Breaking Grammar and Design Rules

By Judy Vorfeld Will you break some of the sacred top ten Web Design Rules for Success if you cre­ate clumpy clus­ters of yel­low text parked on an orange back­ground, sur­rounded by bounc­ing hip­pos or cat­tle wear­ing shoes? It depends. Some friv­o­lity might be appro­pri­ate for Vegetarian Shoes, […]

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Suspended Hyphens

By Judy Vorfeld Welcome to the world of sus­pended hyphens. When one or more hyphen­ated adjec­tives** has a com­mon basic ele­ment and this ele­ment is shown only with the last term, insert a sus­pend­ing hyphen after each of the incom­plete adjec­tives to indi­cate a rela­tion­ship with the last term. What does […]

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Commas-Periods: Inside or Outside Quotation Marks?

By Judy Vorfeld The Chicago Manual of Style, six­teenth edi­tion (6.9), says, “Periods and com­mas pre­cede clos­ing quo­ta­tion marks, whether dou­ble or sin­gle.” Examples: She said, “I’ll be there soon.” … “When you are fin­ished,” he said, “we’ll leave.” CMS also states that there are sev­eral exceptions […]

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Is it its’, it’s, or its?

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever been con­fused about when to use an apos­tro­phe with pos­ses­sives? And where the apos­tro­phe goes? Unfortunately, not all pos­ses­sives use apos­tro­phes. This includes the per­sonal pro­nouns “its,” “theirs,” and “yours.” Since they are the most fre­quently mis­un­der­stood, let’s tackle them. The wonderful […]

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Exclamation Marks!!

By Judy Vorfeld Are you one of those peo­ple who hates punc­tu­a­tion? Or per­haps you love it. So much that you may, pos­si­bly, overuse it????? Especially the excla­ma­tion mark!!!! Read on, and maybe you’ll change your mind or shift your view … Exclamations: sharp or sud­den utter­ance that […]

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