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En and Em Dashes

Types of DashesThere are several kinds of dashes, differing from one another in length. There are en dashes (short), em dashes (medium), and 2‑ and 3‑em dashes (long). The term em dash is a printer's term meaning the width of the letter "m." The ...

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critique

Until the middle of the 1900s, the word critique served as a noun. But as the verb criticize began to have negative connotations, the word critique became a verb to mean “to review the good and bad aspects of someone’s work.”Example: The writin...

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appetite - correct spelling

appetite nounExample: The escargot should whet your appetite....

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dictionary - correct spelling

dictionary nounExample: She consulted the dictionary to find the meaning of the word dictionary....

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intellectual - correct spelling

intellectual - adjective and noun  Example: The legal field of intellectual property involves patents, trademarks, and copyrights. adjectiveExample: The intellectual urged the committee to support the new program. noun...

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practically - correct spelling

practically - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: This plan was practically useless to the company....

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tyranny - correct spelling

nounExample: "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." —Thomas Jefferson....

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insatiable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being satisfied or appeased, as in an insatiable thirst for fine wine. Sonia said this as though in despair, wringing her hands in excitement and distress. Her pale cheeks flushed, there was a look of anguish in her eyes. It was...

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Em Dashes - No Spaces

No spaces come before and after the dash. The dash—a most effective punctuation mark—halts readers in their tracks.  Previous: En and Em Dashes Next: Chapter 6 - Parentheses...

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2 years ago

currently, presently

These words are often used to describe an action that is occurring now, at this moment in time.The word presently has come to be used more frequently to describe an action that is just about to happen rather than one that is happening at this moment....

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application - correct spelling

application nounExample: She submitted her application to college....

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died - correct spelling

died verb (past tense and past participle of the verb die)Not dyed.Example: The mayor died on Monday after a long illness....

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intelligence - correct spelling

intelligence - noun  Example: He is blessed with high intelligence.Example: We must improve our intelligence to monitor the activities of drug lords....

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prairie - correct spelling

prairie - noun  Example: The cowboy felt at home on the prairie....

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ukulele - correct spelling

nounNot ukelele.Example: The little girl plucked her ukulele as she walked in the rain....

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inscrutable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being analyzed, investigated, or scrutinized; impenetrable, not easily understood; unfathomable; mysterious, as in an inscrutable smile; incapable of being seen through, as in the inscrutable depths of the ocean. We have as yet ...

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2 years ago

Chapter 6 - Parentheses

IntroductionParentheses, like commas and dashes, may be used to set off amplifying, explanatory, or digressive elements. If the parenthetical elements bear a close logical relationship to the rest of the sentence, use commas. If the logical relation...

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presently, currently

See currently, presently....

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apply - correct spelling

apply verbExample: She must apply for a college loan....

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difference - correct spelling

difference nounExample: There’s a big difference between the two candidates’ views on taxes....

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intercede - correct spelling

intercede - verb  Example: She wanted to intercede in the matter to save her son’s reputation....

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precede - correct spelling

precede - verb  Not preceed.Example: The best man will precede the groom in the procession....

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unanimous - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: The vote was unanimous....

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insidious - vocabulary

adjectiveIntended to beguile or entrap, as in an insidious plot; stealthily deceitful or treacherous, as in an insidious foe; proceeding in a seemingly harmless way but actually with dangerous effect, as in an insidious disease. She was terror-strick...

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2 years ago

Amplify, Explain, or Digress

Use parentheses to enclose material that amplifies, explains, or digresses from the central message in the sentence: The disagreement between the president and the treasurer (they had fought over the issue a number of times) ultimately destroyed the ...

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2 years ago

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