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Sins of Omission

Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them.

Singular or Plural? Sometimes, It Depends

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.

Comma Sense

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

MLK Day the MLA Way

Martin Luther King Day? Martin Luther King, Jr., Day? MLK Day? There seems to be no consensus on how to style the name of this federal holiday.

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