Category Archives: Punctuation
Punctuation Tips: How to Use Commas Correctly

For such a common punctuation mark, the comma is a surprisingly tricky fellow. Certainly, this is reflected in how frequently we see commas misused in all kinds of writing. However, misplaced commas c...

28 November 2016 | 0 comments



Punctuation Tips: Colon Usage

This is possibly one of the hardest things we’ve done. Not explaining colon usage (that’s relatively simple). But getting through an entire blogpost about this punctuation mark without descending ...

26 September 2016 | 0 comments



When to Use a Semicolon

The semicolon is notorious for being difficult. Used wrongly, it makes your work read very oddly indeed. Today, we’re going to show you how to use it correctly. Reasons to Use a Semicolon You sh...

16 April 2016 | 0 comments



Who Said What? – How to Use Speech Marks

Knowing how to quote your sources is a vital part of academic writing, allowing you to evidence your claims and engage critically with existing research. Failing to indicate when you’re quoting a so...

2 August 2016 | 0 comments



How to Use Apostrophes

Our proofreaders often find apostrophes in unexpected places. And at other times these important punctuation marks are conspicuously absent. In either case, failure to use apostrophes correctly can se...

10 March 2016 | 0 comments



The Oxford/Serial Comma

The Oxford comma, sometimes also called the serial comma, is used to clear up confusion in sentences with lists. It’s often a matter of preference you whether you use it or not, but it can help ...

8 April 2016 | 0 comments



Hyphens, Dashes and When to Hyphenate

The Hyphen The hyphen is a punctuation mark used to join together two words to form a compound noun, adjective or verb, or to separate one word into multiple parts. It looks like this: ‘- ’ The hy...

11 November 2016 | 0 comments



How to Use an Ellipsis

When quoting lengthy passages or sentences in your work, you may wish to omit an irrelevant clause or even just a few words, especially if your word limit is tight! This is where the ellipsis comes in...

29 September 2016 | 0 comments