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Semicolons as conjunctions

Semicolons are most often used in place of a conjunction in compound sentences. They demonstrate a close relationship between two independent clauses that could stand on their own. However, as Kurt Vonnegut said, “Semicolons represent nothing. All they do is...Read More

Oxford comma

Sometimes called the serial comma. We recommend using the Oxford comma in a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction. Use a comma after the first item and in front of the conjunction: To avoid confusion, use a comma if an item in the series requires a...Read More

Hyphens

Use to connect two closely related words to make an adjective but not an adverb. Don’t use a hyphen after an adverb ending in -ly. Hyphens are needed with short and common adjectives. Example Freshly baked Much-loved destination Recently updated Well-cooked meal See...Read More

Dashes

It’s best to break up lengthy passages into concise sentences. However, if you feel the need to parenthetically interject an explanatory or qualifying remark, our style is to use the en-dash (with a space on either side) rather than the longer em-dash. The en-dash is...Read More

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