My thoughts on writing tips found online and in published works (with some random thoughts thrown into the mix).

Monday, February 6, 2012

Elementary Rules of Usage

Selected tips from Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, presented without commentary:
  • Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's.
  • In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last.
  • Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.
  • Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause.
  • Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation.
  • A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject.
If you would like me to expand on any of these statements, please let me know in the comments and I will gladly do so.

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