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Making peace with commas Part 5

by Shauna Bolton    You wanted help figuring out commas, and here it is.   Rule 5—Using Commas in Dialogue   Use a comma to separate dialogue from a speech tag.   Example 1: Helena said, “I don’t believe you.”… Continue reading →

Four Basic Sentence Types Part 3

This is Part Three of a three-part series on Sentence Structure by Shauna Bolton, Grammarian Extraordinaire! Part 1 Part 2 The Four Basic Sentence Types   Type 3: The Complex Sentence   The complex sentence has one independent clause AND… Continue reading →

Four Basic Sentence Types Part 2

This is Part Two of a three-part series on Sentence Structure by Shauna Bolton, Grammarian Extraordinaire! Read Part 1 here   Type 1 – The Compound Sentence Type 2 – The Compound Sentence   A compound sentence has two or… Continue reading →

Four Basic Sentence Types Part 1

This is Part One of a three-part series on Sentence Structure by Shauna Bolton, Grammarian Extraordinaire! The Four Basic Sentence Types     Type 1 – The Simple Sentence   A simple sentence has one subject and one verb. The… Continue reading →

Making peace with commas Part 3

by Shauna Bolton   You wanted help figuring out commas, and here it is.   EXAMPLE 3: DEPENDENT CLAUSES The coordinating conjunctions – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so – connect sentences of equal weight. This means that both… Continue reading →

Making peace with commas Part 1

by Shauna Bolton   You wanted help figuring out commas, and here it is.     What Commas Are Not They don’t tell readers where to breathe. They don’t tell readers where to pause for effect. They don’t go into… Continue reading →

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