English as a Second Language

Editing Tips—The Wandering Only

In this article, we discuss what we call the wandering or misplaced "only," which, although common and usually understood in everyday casual speech, is often confusing and has no place in formal or academic writing. Continued...


The Comma—Part One: What is a Comma

The comma is the most important punctuation mark for ensuring clarity in a sentence, but it is often incorrectly used. Follow our helpful comma rules to ensure you are using commas correctly. Continued...


The Comma—Part Two: Using Commas

In our earlier article we learned that commas remove ambiguity and ensure that the reader understands the meaning the author wants to convey. Let's continue looking at some additional grammatical constructions that call for comma usage. Continued...


Understanding Punctuation

Words are words and those annoying little punctuation marks can't be that important...can they? Scribendi.com's editors offer solutions to common punctuation errors. Continued...


The Semicolon and Colon

While the comma indicates the smallest interruption in thought and the period provides a complete break, the semicolon and colon fall somewhere in between. Continued...


How to Use Apostrophes

The apostrophe may be the most abused punctuation mark in the English language so let's examine some of the rules that dictate when apostrophes are used and where they should be placed in a word. Continued...




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