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  1. Correct Usage

    Which is correct? Looking back now, she saw that get-together as the crossroad(s?) in their marriage.

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2012 08:10 AM
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    04-02-2012, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  2. Paren punctuation

    For once and for all: does punctuation always go inside parens? This was from a FB discussion re Maureen Dowd. She most often has something...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-08-2012 11:06 AM
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    04-09-2012, 09:08 AM Go to last post
  3. Small Victories

    Below is paragraph from WWII memoir that combines plot and characterization: Aunt Ida commandeered the yard for a Victory Garden. She replaced...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-23-2012 08:26 AM
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    05-09-2012, 04:28 AM Go to last post
  4. Commas--AGAIN!

    I myself had only a little notebook on which with Nick away all week, I diligently kept my journal. Is above correct? :confused: Almost all...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 12-04-2012 10:23 AM
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    12-05-2012, 05:03 AM Go to last post
  5. Dialogue and quotes--2 speakers, 1 paragraph?

    I would like to keep wording. Is punctuation completely wrong? Even though in 2nd paragraph Nick continues dialogue, should quotes be used at end...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 12-21-2012 02:48 AM
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    12-21-2012, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  6. Question Awkward?

    I have described an apartment and its many residents in several paragraphs of a story. The first sentence of a new paragraph follows. Is it awkwardly...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 01-09-2013 04:07 AM
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    02-08-2013, 02:25 AM Go to last post
  7. Arrow Has anyone published their own book using Scrivener Software?

    Has anyone published their own book using Scrivener Software? Have any of you used MasterWriter?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 03-16-2013 05:52 PM
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    03-19-2013, 06:04 AM Go to last post
  8. Neither or nor

    Does the work neither work here? Except for the two weeks every August during which the office closed, she had never taken a day off. She had even...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 03-25-2013 11:25 AM
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    03-26-2013, 12:37 AM Go to last post
  9. Commas

    Does the following sentence have 2 commas? Amused, in spite of myself, I laughed at blah, blah, blah....

    Started by BookWerm‎, 03-25-2013 01:05 PM
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    03-25-2013, 05:04 PM Go to last post
  10. Arrow use of the phrase whether or not

    (Days after becoming engaged, Carla meets Nick and is thunder struck. When she accepts his dinner invitation she justifies it with this sentence....

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2013 05:49 AM
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    04-02-2013, 12:14 PM Go to last post
  11. Moving right along.....

    Okay. They meet for breakfast. She remembered Nick as being rugged looking, not handsome. I know the following is awkward, but I want to express...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2013 12:20 PM
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    04-03-2013, 06:22 AM Go to last post
  12. Moving along (and are they!) 2

    After a midweek, late afternoon lunch, Nick and Carla return to her apartment instead of work. She has magnificent view of WTC (pre 9/11) and...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-08-2013 02:08 AM
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  13. Commas again and this time periods too!

    blah, blah, blah, where our son, Joe, Jr., had grown up. Is that the way it's done?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-10-2013 03:51 PM
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    04-10-2013, 11:47 PM Go to last post
  14. Post Punctuation of abbrieviated names.

    One of my characters is named Nick, Jr. His family has shortened that to N.J. The editor of my first draft removed periods at every mention of...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-15-2013 05:01 PM
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    04-15-2013, 07:07 PM Go to last post
  15. Colon and semi-colon

    Is this sentence bad form? I don’t know why this incident came to mind; it was far from the worst: when Joey died.... blah, blah, blah. It...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 01-10-2014 10:32 AM
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    01-12-2014, 12:32 PM Go to last post
  16. Double negatives

    Recently fractured a rib during a bout of acute bronchitis induced coughing. ER doctor said this is a, "not uncommon experience." I have wondered...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 02-20-2014 04:10 AM
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    11-17-2014, 02:51 PM Go to last post
  17. Capitalization

    Is dear capitalized? would it be if speaker said, Dear Carla? Then breathlessly, “Uh-oh. I have to go dear. Mr. Blaufeld is calling me.” She...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 02-06-2014 10:13 AM
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    02-07-2014, 09:09 AM Go to last post
  18. Exclamation Interabang?!

    The last sentence is the narrator's. She is questioning the meaning of a character's exclamation. What is proper punctuation. The sentence is a...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 05-18-2014 12:39 PM
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    05-19-2014, 07:13 AM Go to last post
  19. Me/I

    Is Nick and me or Nick and I correct? I would think Nick and me but doesn't sound right. Dominic and Peg arranged their finances differently...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 06-17-2014 06:06 AM
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    06-17-2014, 10:27 AM Go to last post
  20. Arrow Mentor

    Is correct usage: Joe would be a good mentor to Johnny or a good mentor for Johnny?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 07-03-2014 12:46 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-12-2014, 10:49 AM Go to last post

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