Rule: The following examples apply when using dates:
The meeting is scheduled for June 30.
The meeting is scheduled for the 30th of June.
We have had tricks played on us on April 1.
The 1st of April puts some people on edge. (Some prefer to write it out: The first of April)
Rule: There are differing policies for expressing decades using numerals. Some write the 1980s and the ’80s, others write the 1980′s and the 80′s. However, using two apostrophes (the ’80′s) is awkward and is not recommended.
During the ’80s, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980s, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980′s, the world’s economy grew.
During the ’80′s, the world’s economy grew.
Rule: Some writers spell out the time of day, others prefer numbers.
Example: She gets up at four thirty before the baby wakes up.
Example: The baby wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning.
Rule: Some use numerals with the time of day when exact times are being emphasized.
Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. sharp.
Rule: It is clearer to use noon and midnight rather than 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m.
Note: You may use AM and PM, A.M. and P.M., am and pm, or a.m. and p.m.
Some put a space after the numeral, others do not.
Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22am.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 P.M. sharp.
Grammar is the way in which words are put together to form sentences. Here are 11 tips to help you learn and remember all the grammar rules on punctuation, word choice, and more.
If you write without punctuation the story you are trying to tell might very well get lost as the readers struggle in vain to understand it No punctuation means no tiny pauses provided by commas and no breaths taken at full stops It means that no one can be definitively said to have asked a question or have mentioned something as an aside because there are no parentheses nor are there dashes or semicolons or colons etc There are also no apostrophes which leaves out possessives and contractions and no double quotes without which certain titles cannot exist in their proper form and no common forms of dialogue can be formatted
It is essentially a written world with no structure an unkempt bramble of words and phrases that the reader must cut through with a machete in order to find the story
It is not so much robotic as you said as confusing in the extreme Though I believe it could be done it would almost be a feat not worth doing
Running sentences are however an effective way of denoting the personal style of a writer or the voice of a viewpoint character Like so
There we have a very long run on sentence couched between a few shorter sentences to accent the effect
These sorts of long grammatically incorrect sentences are a way of building tension because the reader is not given a chance to pause or take a breath as it were The way the sentence is written pushes the reader through the flow of the writing If done correctly it could leave them literally gasping The mind is a powerful thing and run on sentences when used in this way are a potent reminder of the influence of the written word
I believe this style should be used sparingly as sentences like the example above lose their effectiveness the more they are used but that certainly does not mean that you cannot sprinkle a few of them around especially in emotional scenes where the viewpoint character is upset This is a technique commonly found in YA literature where exceedingly passionate characters and styles geared toward capturing the voice of the viewpoint character tend to cross paths often
There have also been plenty of literary authors who shunned punctuation conventions like Cormac McCarthy who basically ignored dialogue punctuation and James Joyce who experimented with stream of consciousness writing as character development in works like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ernest Hemingway who was a particular fan of the long rambling run on sentence
There is no right way to write There are only conventions Experiment Figure out what works for you Whether it is run on sentences or whole books without punctuation the possibilities are endless so get out there and write
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Here you will find all of the interactive quizzes compiled by Grammar.ccc from various sources. These sources include Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide, English faculty at an estimable midwestern university, and students in Professor Karyn Hollis’s Tutor Training course at Villanova University.
All links from this post jump directly to the listed quiz.
These links represent the index of pages from Grammar.ccc, an excellent resource for all things English grammar.
Three little words you often see
Are ARTICLES: a, an, and the.
A NOUN's the name of anything,
As: school or garden, toy, or swing.
ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
As: great, small, pretty, white, or brown.
VERBS tell of something being done:
To read, write, count, sing, jump, or run.
How things are done the ADVERBS tell,
As: slowly, quickly, badly, well.
CONJUNCTIONS join the words together,
As: men and women, wind or weather.
The PREPOSITION stands before
A noun as: in or through a door.
The INTERJECTION shows surprise
As: Oh, how pretty! Ah! how wise!
The whole are called the PARTS of SPEECH,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.
"Why the song leaves out pronouns is a mystery. A writer from Richland, Washington, suggests ‘A PRONOUN replaces any noun: / he, she, it, and you are found.’” —Grammar.ccc’s page “Definitions of Basic Sentence Parts”
One of the best ways to make your writing stronger is to cut unnecessary words. Many people tend to over-write, often in a similar way to how they would speak. Words creep in that add no meaning and can make a piece of writing sound vague and woolly rather than confidence and precise.