Grammar Tip Tuesday: Quotes within Quotes

Today I want to talk briefly about quotes within quotes….within quotes. The endless rabbit hole of quotes within quotes can get confusing, especially if you don’t use proper punctuation. Let’s examine: “I like cheese.” One sentence of quotes. Easy enough. But what happens when we add a quote within that quote? “Whatever you’re calling ‘cheese’ is just something processed.” When […]

Grammar Tip: Should You Use Double Punctuation?!

Hello! Welcome to Grammar Tip Tuesday, where I bring you a (hopefully) helpful grammar tip so that you can be smarter than everyone else. Today’s tip will be short and sweet and concerns a personal pet peeve of mine: double punctuation. Example: “You mean you’re breaking up with me?!” Note the use of an exclamation […]

Grammar Tip: Using Commas with Quotes, Dialogue, or Parenthesis

One of the most common mistakes I come across is when commas are added where they shouldn’t be or left out where they’re needed. Incorrect commas is a big problem especially as it concerns quotes, dialogue, and parenthesis, so hopefully today’s grammar tip will help clarify the confusion. || Commas with Quotes Quoted material is usually introduced […]

Grammar Tip: Using Commas with “Because”

Knowing when to use a comma with the word because is something that confuses even the most knowledgable editor. (Myself included.) Once you see a few examples, though, hopefully this will become more clear. Chicago Manual of Style says the following: “A dependent clause that follows a main clause should not be preceded by a comma if it is […]

Grammar Tip: Cut Those Dangling Modifiers!

A dangling modifier is a tricky little beast. At first you think you’ve written a great sentence, but then your editor leaves you a comment about a dangling modifier. What? Let’s start with a definition: a modifier is something that, obviously, modifies. It alters, changes, or otherwise defines something else in the sentence. The reason […]