Hyphens

Hyphens

By Mignon Fogarty  Today’s topic is hyphens. Recently a friend was watching the cable channel CNBC and called me over to the TV because the hosts were talking about hyphens. Yup, in the middle of a segment on the economy, they started talking about hyphens...
Grammar Girl’s Editing Checklist

Grammar Girl’s Editing Checklist

by Mignon Fogarty  Some time ago, Grammar Girl distributed an editing checklist that turned out to be so popular we decided to make it widely available. Go to http://www.QuickAndDirtyTips.com to print out the checklist and keep it on your desk as a handy reference to...
How to Use Attributives

How to Use Attributives

By Mignon Fogarty Dialogue is hard to write and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Getting characters to have individual voices has caused more sleepless nights than too much coffee late in the day. Once the dialogue sounds right and reads right on the page, there...
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