.End of sentenceA period ends a statement (a complete thought telling who did what).Despite what English teachers taught for many years, only one space after a period. Apparently, two … [Read more...] about Periods end.
Punctuation (also known as interpunction) is a system of standards for written language to reduce ambiguity in communication. These rules are typically not included in spoken language.
Independent Clauses:An independent clause is a fancy name for a complete sentence. It states a full thought with a subject and a verb or verb phrase.An independent clause/sentence may have … [Read more...] about Independent clauses are sentences.
TIMEA colon separates the hours from the minutes from the seconds, whether in military time or in twelve-hour time.Portions of seconds are indicated by decimals.:Examples:The three … [Read more...] about Colons suggest matters of time, title, quotation, list
Parenthetical (non-essential) informationNon-essential refers to the sentence rather than to its meaning. The reader needs to know what is being explained whether or not the sentence cares.( … [Read more...] about Parentheses and brackets surround non-essential information and short translations.
— , ( )Non-essential (explanatory) information"Non-essential" refers to the sentence, not to the meaning in the story. Think "explanatory."Bob, who built the house, knew all its … [Read more...] about Comparison of Long Dash vs Commas vs Parentheses for explanatory phrases
,Just when you think you have the rules sorted out, a situation arises that doesn't quite fit any of them. This section will attempt to help you.The key to any of these is consistency.Special … [Read more...] about But what about these special rules?
Forward slashThe forward slash is also called simply the “slash.”In general, use of the slash should be avoided in narrative writing, whether fiction or non-fiction./Write out slash … [Read more...] about How to use the slash