Perhaps no mark of punctuation ruffles feathers more than the serial comma. But what about the serial semicolon? . . .
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The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .
Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them.
When each part of a plural subject possesses something individually, the thing possessed must generally be in the plural as well. But in several cases, the thing possessed should be in the singular.
Though some writers still consider it jargon, the word problematize has gained general acceptance, at least in academic writing. But make sure to use it correctly . . .
Authors often use quotation marks when nothing is being quoted. The marks may indicate irony, skepticism, derision—as such, they are sometimes called scare quotes.
Learn how to handle titles with tricky punctuation.
Many writers and even editors have trouble deciding where to place the commas in these kinds of sentences.
Learn how to document legal works in MLA style with our comprehensive guidelines . . .
Writers should generally not use a comma to connect two independent clauses, and editors of fiction and nonfiction should be alert for them.