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Using Dashes in Text

By Judy Vorfeld Do you often won­der if you’re using dashes prop­erly? Dashes have dis­tinct uses that often seem blurred in today’s soci­ety. Here are some ideas for writ­ers and those involved in busi­ness writ­ing. A dash usu­ally replaces a comma, semi­colon, colon, or paren­the­ses. When used this […]

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Criteria-Criterion

By Judy Vorfeld Are you like a lot of peo­ple who get con­fused when the plural of a word doesn’t end in “s”? CRITERIA OR CRITERION? “Criteria” is plural (like “phe­nom­ena”), while “cri­te­rion” is sin­gu­lar, like “phe­nom­e­non.” You have one cri­te­rion or many cri­te­ria. It’s easy to be con­fused, since […]

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Commonly Misspelled Words in Phrases

By Judy Vorfeld FREE REIGN OR FREE REIN? It’s “rein.” Microsoft Encarta says it’s the com­plete free­dom to make deci­sions and take action with­out con­sult­ing any­one else. The Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms says “free rein” is syn­ony­mous with “allow” and “give.” If you give peo­ple, ideas, or […]

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Compliment-Complement

By Judy Vorfeld COMPLIMENT Which is more com­monly used: “com­pli­ment” or “com­ple­ment”? “Compliment” is more com­monly used. It means say­ing some­thing nice about some­one. Examples: Judy Vorfeld com­pli­mented Hal Alpiar on his lat­est book…Ruthann Clemens com­pli­mented Terence Kierans on his tech­ni­cal sup­port tips…My com­pli­ments to the chef. COMPLEMENT […]

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Commas

By Judy Vorfeld Do you cringe when some­one reviews your work and says you’re mak­ing mis­takes with com­mas? Never fear. I’m here to help. Q. How do I know if and when to use a comma to set off words near the begin­ning of a sen­tence? A. Use a comma after elements […]

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