Tag Archives: punctuation

Stupid concept: ‘How you write a sentence depends on your lung capacity.’

Perhaps the biggest lie anyone has ever told you about commas is that they represent breaths. “Add a comma anywhere you pause to breathe,” is bad advice I see a lot from online “writing experts” and others. I saw it … Continue reading

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Bonus “glitch” post: how to use an ellipsis

I received a request for a post on how to use an ellipsis (plural: ellipses); this is it. The tl;dr version: Use an ellipsis (…) to indicate either a dramatic pause within a sentence or a thought trailing off. The … Continue reading

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Commas and conjunctions: a rant

It’s about time for another “grammar rant,” isn’t it? Technically, this one is about punctuation, not grammar:  commas and why using a comma after a conjunction-type word at the beginning of a sentence is just weird. Consider this sentence:  But, I … Continue reading

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