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Commas, Conjunctions, and Modifiers

Many writers and even editors have trouble deciding where to place the commas in a sentence in which a modifying phrase or clause appears after a conjunction . . .

To Splice or Not to Splice?

Writers should generally not use a comma to connect two independent clauses, and editors of fiction and nonfiction should be alert for them.

Comma Sense

Some commas are needed to prevent misreading, some are harmful, and others are optional . . .

Effective Signposting

Writing or revising a paper? Get tips on building signposts to help articulate the structure of your argument . . .

Don’t Bury the Lede

If you habitually bury the lede in your sentences, you may eventually test the patience of your readers . . .

Adverbs to Avoid

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 . . .

URLs: Some Practical Advice

The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .

The Danger of Deploy

Deploy is not a good synonym for use, utilize, or employ, because it has a narrower sense and specific associations . . .

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