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Saturday, October 15, 2011

More on buts and commas

As I went over in an earlier post, if you have a sentence with but, and then an action or feeling or some kind of response or insight, always put a but, comma.

Times you should not do this are in these examples:

It was but noon when the people gave the heard of cats treats.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Colons should not be used as a semicolon or a comma. Most frequently, they are used in listing things. For example:

The cat had four different colored kittens: gray, black, orange and tabby.


The kittens were cute: I loved them.

This should be:

The kittens were cute; I loved them.

Colons can also be used as above where I wrote, "This should be:" If not using a comma and quotes, you can put colons in place so that the text reads more easily.