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Introducing a List

A ListUse the colon to introduce a list or a series: The committee's study focused on the most critical areas: development of software, needed changes in computer systems, and recruitment of new engineers. Use of namely, that is, etc.If the list or s...

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as well as

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention....

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apparatus - correct spelling

apparatus nounPlural, either apparatus or apparatuses.Example: The apparatus of government in that country has totally broken down....

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development - correct spelling

development nounNot developement.Example: The rising price of gold was a discouraging development for the value of the dollar.Example: The new housing development was strewn with huge houses....

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instead - correct spelling

instead - adverb  Example: We ordered tea instead....

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possible - correct spelling

possible - adjective  Example: Lying was a possible response, but she decided to tell the truth....

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tries - correct spelling

verb (third-person singular of the verb try)Example: She tries her best....

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infer, imply - vocabulary

verbInfer: to derive by reasoning, to conclude or judge from evidence or premises.Imply: to suggest or indicate a conclusion without its being explicitly stated; to involve as a necessary circumstance, as in speech implies a speaker. Note: Infer is s...

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Introducing Statements or Quotations

Introduce Formal StatementUse the colon to introduce a formal statement, an extract from a passage, or a speech in a dialogue: Remember the rule: A colon may be used to introduce a statement.I now quote from the committee's ruling: "As we stated befo...

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together with

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention....

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apparent - correct spelling

apparent adjectiveExample: She was fired for no apparent reason....

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device - correct spelling

device nounNot devise.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses device and devise. Click here for that discussion.Example: The electronic device with all the gadgets intrigued the children....

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instinct - correct spelling

instinct - noun  Example: Through instinct, the birds migrated south for the winter....

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potato - correct spelling

potato - noun  Example: The baked potato came with sour cream....

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truly - correct spelling

adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: He truly loves his wife....

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ingenuous, disingenuous - vocabulary

adjectiveIngenuous: candid, frank, or open in character or quality; characterized by an inability to mask feelings, not devious.Disingenuous: the dis- prefix establishes the negative; thus, not candid, not frank, not open in character or quality; ins...

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Colons with Quotation Marks

Colon Comes OutsideThe colon should be placed outside quotation marks. When matter ending with a colon is quoted, the colon is dropped: The employee has two objections to the practice of "early retirement": He wants to continue working, and the polic...

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not to mention

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention....

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appear - correct spelling

appear verbExample: A new flu strain will appear next winter....

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devise - correct spelling

devise verbNot device.Grammar.com’s Section on Problem Words discusses device and devise. Click here for that discussion.Example: We must devise a new plan to overcome these problems....

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insurance - correct spelling

insurance - noun and adjective  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses the verb forms insure, ensure, and assure. Click here for that discussion.Example: His life insurance provided a comfortable retirement for his wife. nounExample...

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potatoes - correct spelling

potatoes - noun (plural of the noun potato)  Example: He grew corn, beans, and potatoes....

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twelfth - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…. adjectiveExample: He wanted only a twelfth of the estate. noun...

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ingratiate - vocabulary

verbTo win confidence or good graces for oneself, especially through deliberate effort. “Yes, this is a monument he is setting up here,” said Anna, turning to Dolly with that sly smile of comprehension with which she had previously talked about t...

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Chapter 5 - Dash

Functions of the DashThe dash is one of the most effective punctuation marks of all. It can halt readers in their tracks—it makes them pay attention—as they read through your words of wisdom. Basically, the dash creates the biggest of the "punctu...

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