Many usage guides provide guidance on when to use commas and when to omit them. Some commas are needed to prevent misreading, some are harmful, and others are optional.
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If you habitually bury the lede in your sentences, you may eventually test the patience of your readers . . .
I’m not going to tell you to cut adverbs out of your prose entirely. Instead, I’m going to review a particular category of adverbs that you can easily avoid and thereby tighten your prose . . .
The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .
Reasons to be mindful of the possibility of the past-present ambiguity of the word contemporary.
Deploy is not a good synonym for use, utilize, or employ, because it has a narrower sense and specific associations . . .
Just as publishers often develop a “house style” sheet that supplements whatever published style guide they use and addresses their specific needs and preferences, so too can teachers.
The formula it is . . . that is one of the most common rhetorical tics in academic writing. This formula also provides a great opportunity to edit for concision, since it can usually be removed easily from a sentence without changing the meaning . . .
I read The MLA Handbook from cover to cover, and this post explains why you should too.
When it comes to styling the holiday variously known as President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and Presidents Day, authorities disagree not only about what to call the holiday but also about what the holiday celebrates.