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Do you really need that exclamation mark?

You’re passionate about your book’s subject. You want to emphasise how important your message is. Or you want to bring some enthusiasm and excitement to a topic you worry your readers will find dry and dull. The solution – an exclamation mark! Or is it? Readers understand that exclamation marks convey emotion. So when they […]

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3 ways with hyphens and what to do with a dash

Should you hang in there with a hyphen or get dramatic with a dash? Good question, and fortunately there’s an easy way to answer it. Although they look alike, hyphens and dashes are used for very different reasons. Hyphens are joiners; they help words hold hands. Dashes, in contrast, are drama queens that like to […]

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5 compulsory commas

The humble comma is the smallest, lightest, briefest of pauses available in English grammar. It’s the baby of the punctuation marks. But like a baby, it often finds itself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The chief function of a comma is to indicate where we should pause when reading a sentence. This […]

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Punctuation 101

In 2003, an unknown British author named Lynne Truss wrote a little book called Eats, Shoots and Leaves. To the astonishment of both author and publisher, the book sold over three million copies, and Lynne was able to fulfil her dream of quitting her day job and writing full-time in her pyjamas. The subject of […]

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