Category Archives: Punctuation

Ending punctuation – full stops, question marks and exclamation marks

There are three different ways to end a sentence. There is a correct use for each, despite the fact that they are frequently confused. Continue reading

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Full stops in quotation marks – where do they go?

If you’re using quotation marks – either for reported speech or for quoting phrases or titles – it’s important to know where to put the punctuation. Continue reading

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Hyphens v en-dashes

Hyphen, en-dashes, and em-dashes are very similar, commonly-confused pieces of punctuation. Hyphens A hyphen is used to join two words. There should be no spaces on either side of a hyphen. Example Lizzie Cass-Maran A well-read book A dark-blue sea … Continue reading

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Using quotation marks – single or double?

People sometimes get confused about whether to use single or double quotation marks (also known as ‘inverted commas’). The answer, as with so many things when it comes to proofreading, is that it’s up to you, as long as you … Continue reading

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Correct use of apostrophes

Apostrophes An apostrophe is used for two purposes: To show one or more missing letters: Don’t (do not) They’re (they are) Claire’s (Claire is) To show ownership: Claire’s bucket, the children’s toys, Jesus’s disciples. Jesus’s? Ok, so this one depends … Continue reading

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