Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.
In: conjunctions, ellipses, em dash, Grammar, Grammar, List, Oxford comma, Passive Voice, semi-colon, verb mood
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
As if the rules of punctuation weren’t confusing enough, what do you do when you have more than one punctuation mark to contend with?
Typos are a part of everyday life, but sometimes they can be downright dangerous. Here are three types, from the innocent to the egregious!
The Oxford comma has been a highly divisive issue within the literary community for many years. But how did it come to be this way, and is one side actually correct?
How "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
I'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
Monkeys and horses and goats—Oh My! Five more common allusions explained.
Where to put (or not put) commas with the word 'too', my opinion on sentence fragments, and a dicussion of rhetoric that could get me in trouble.
Got a burning question about grammar or usage? Ask Taylor Houston, LitReactor's grammar columnuist, for help.
You may not know it, but there are many rules that govern when you should spell out a number and when you should use the numerals. Here are a few of them.
Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
Do You feel Compelled to Capitalize every other Word? If so, you are an OverCapitalizer. There is help—read on...
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
By Cath Murphy
Who can save the planet from the deadly Grammar Nazis? The Superheroes of Literature, that's who!
Like Sonny & Cher on February 2nd, redundancies in your writing are driving your readers crazy.
In: absolute phrases, adjective phrases, adverb phrases, appositive phrases, gerunds, Grammar, prepositional phrases, verbals
So I've bored you with lectures on sentences and clauses, now we'll talk about that other group of words-the phrase.
So you swore off sugar in the new year, but did you resolve to stop using 'they' to refer to a single subject? You should. Here are 10 grammar and usage resolutions for 2013.
In: Character, Cliche, Dialogue, Grammar, INT/EXT, List, Plot, screenwriting, Syd Field, Top 10, Voice
What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
When you have more than one, sometimes just adding an "s" doesn't cut it. Here are few things you should know about plural nouns.
Donate now to help save the direct-address comma! Get it off the endangered species list! All it takes is one well-placed keystroke, people. All it takes is a little integrity.
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
In: Craft, Dialogue, Discourse Analysis, Grammar, Grammar, Linguistics, List, Phrases, Sociolinguistics, Verbs, Voice, Word Play
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.