Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them.
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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.
Learn how to handle titles with tricky punctuation.
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Many writers and even editors have trouble deciding where to place the commas in these kinds of sentences.
Some commas are needed to prevent misreading, some are harmful, and others are optional . . .
Authorities disagree about the name Presidents’ Day and what the holiday celebrates
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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.
Should you write, “Happy New Year,” “Happy new year,” or “Happy New Year’s”? It depends on how much happiness you want to impart.