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I’ve been writing professionally for five years. I love working with language. Every business has a story. Does your content communicate your story in a way that inspires action?

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“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Four spelling rules to help your business and personal writing shine. 

 1. Use an  i before e except after c or when sounded like “ay” as in neighbor and weigh.

i before e – relieve, believe, sieve, niece, fierce,

e before i – receive, deceive, sleigh, freight, eight

Exceptions: seize, either, weird, height, foreign, leisure

 

2. Drop the “e” when adding a suffix that begins with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u). Keep the “e” if the suffix begins with a consonant (any letter that is not a vowel).

achieve, achievement

desire, desiring

care, careful

entire, entirety

remove, removable

exceptions: changeable, judgement, argument, truly

 

3. Take the Y – when adding s or d to words that end in y change the y to an ie when the y is preceded by a consonant but not when it’s preceded by a vowel.

comedy, comedies

dry, dried

monkey, monkeys

play, played

 

4. Add “s” to nouns ending in “o” when the “o” is preceded by a vowel. Add “es” when it is preceded by a consonant.

radio, radios                               hero, heros

video videos                               tomatoes, tomatoes

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Punctuation is an important aspect of business writing and helps you communicate clearly. Here’s a quick run down on how to use the colon, hyphen, and em-dash.

  1. Colon: (:) Use at the end of a sentence to introduce list, chart, or table.

The top ten super foods to lose weight include:

  1. Hyphen: (-) The hyphen is used to join compound words, numbers, and to show a break in words.

Compound words: mother-in-law

Fractions and compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine

twenty-six-year-old writer

three-fourths, one-half, twenty-nine, fifty-five

Join words that are a single adjective before a noun

a well-paved highway

high-schoolers

half-smile

travel-weary

runners-up

Tip: do not use a hyphen if the adjective follows the noun

The highway was well paved.

Use a hyphen with the prefixes ex, self, all, and the word elect

ex-president

self-esteem

all-conference

Governor-elect Jones

3. Em-Dash: (—) An em-dash is used to announce an abrupt change in thought within a sentence. Put a space on both sides of the dash in the following uses.

We will travel to Italy in June — if my raise is approved.

When the so-called Dream 9 — named for the Dream Act, which would provide them a path to legalization — attempted to re-enter the U.S. at Nogales, Ariz., they were arrested. (Cindy Carcamo Tribune Newspapers)

Use an Em—dash at the end of a quotation.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance. —Alexander Pope

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“The rule is: don’t use commas like a stupid person. I mean it.”

Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

English 101: The mighty comma

The comma is the most widely used form of punctuation and often is used incorrectly. Here are a few tips on how to use the comma like a pro.

Use a comma for:

  1. Independent clauses: groups of words that contain a subject and verb and could be punctuated as a complete sentence

          Mary liked the idea of living in Rome, but her husband disliked the traffic.

  1. Introductory elements: Introductory descriptive information must be followed by a comma.

          After the movie was over, Sally started home to Winter Park.

  1. Items in a series: Use a comma to separate words or phrases in a series of three or more.

          Tina’s book is now on sale at bookstores, Amazon.com, and her website.

4. Non-restrictive clause – Groups of words that give descriptive information not essential to the sentence. A quick way to spot           these clauses is to look for phrases that begin with which, who, and whose.

        Alice Munro, who has won numerous awards, is her favorite author.

5. Non-restrictive phrases – Groups of words that adds details that are not essential to the meaning of the sentence and that  interrupt the sentence.

      Tony Smith, living at 123 Grand Lake Drive, lost his dog.

If the detail changes the meaning of the sentence you do not need a comma. For instance:

The man living at 123 Grand Lake Drive lost his dog.

6. Dates: Separate day, month, and year by a comma. When only the month and day are given no comma is needed.

He was born on Sunday, June 12, 1995, in Delaware.

He was born June 12 in Delaware.

  1. Titles: Lowercase titles when they do not have a name attached to them.

The president gave a statement.

Capitalize titles when they are used attached to one or more names.

Today President Obama signs the Medicare bill.

The Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden met in Orlando.

For long titles use a comma to set off name and title.

Brian Greene, senior editor of business development at Stockworld  magazine, says ….

Conquer the comma and you’ll be the grammar pro in your office.

 

 

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