Grammar & Punctuation

The Period or Full Stop

What would life be like without punctuation? Schoolchildren might rejoice that there would be less homework. But when you stop and think about it, that homework would be more difficult. Anything we read would be so much more confusing. Because of the period, we are able to see where one thought ends and another begins.…

Redundant Expressions from Absolutely Certain to Advance Warning

A redundant expression is an expression where each word in the expression means basically the same thing. For example: If you attend the opening, you will receive a free gift. Free gift is a redundant expression. Think about that for a moment.  A gift is something that is given to you at no charge. When something is free,…

That Troublesome Apostrophe

What is the purpose of this troublesome and often misused punctuation mark? The apostrophe has two purposes: to show possession and to indicate missing letters. In certain instances, it is also used to clear up confusion when making plurals. The photo to the right made me cringe, and it shows that apostrophe misuse is worldwide.…