Colons and Semicolons

Colons and semicolons look a lot alike, but their functions are distinct. Let’s take it one punctuation mark at a time. The colon Colons usually introduce text. A colon might introduce a list or an explanation. In fact, here comes a colon to introduce this list of examples: Karen needs to find the following items … Continue reading Colons and Semicolons

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7 People Who Should Hire a Proofreader

If you write words that other people will see, it’s a good idea to hire a professional proofreader to check those words. If you’re not sure what proofreaders do, read this previous post, What Proofreaders and Copyeditors Do. Here are seven people who should most certainly hire a proofreader: 1. Self-published authors This one’s obvious. If … Continue reading 7 People Who Should Hire a Proofreader

Imply vs. Infer

Imply means “to strongly suggest.” Infer means “to deduce or conclude.” In other words, the speaker (or writer) implies something. The listener (or reader) infers something. Many people interchange imply and infer, thinking they mean the same thing. Some people simply opt for infer every time. All these people are misguided. Here are some examples of correct use: In his speech to … Continue reading Imply vs. Infer

Singular They

Few grammar issues are more dividing these days than singular they. For those unfamiliar, I’ll briefly explain the hubbub before I dive deeper. Traditionally, they (along with related words their and them) is a plural pronoun, meaning it represents two or more people. He and she are singular pronouns. While he is masculine and she is feminine, they can represent two or more … Continue reading Singular They