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02/20/2013 by Stephen Silke
- They’re, there, their, it’s, its, lie, lay down, your, you’re, anon, ibid, sic.
- Dashes are for artists–semicolons are for accountants and research assistants. (Oh, and by the way, a dash is not a hyphen: –≠-).
- How to remove the default extra space between paragraphs that Microsoft–for some brain-dead reason–deemed appropriate as standard formatting in Word.
- Their is plural. It doesn’t take the place of “he,” or “she,” “his,” or “her.”
- You is not an imperative.
- Use of the Oxford comma when we are inviting two people for a quiet evening: (Wrong) We invited the strippers, Lenin and Stalin to the party. (Correct) We invited the strippers, Lenin, and Stalin to the party. (Thank you original source.)
- She gave the book to Jim and me, not Jim and I.
- Loose and lose are different words, please do not conflate.
- That, which. (It is good and right to learn the difference between a restrictive clause and a non-restrictive one.)
- “A [story] is constructed, piece by piece, like a building. The work … is above all a process of creation–it is never merely a product.” –Paul Klee