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Inserting Em Dashes & En Dashes

Proofreaders’ Marks It’s a little-known fact that dashes come in different sizes. Most folks know about the hyphen, but fewer are familiar with the em dash and the en dash. The length of the em dash corresponds to the width … Continue reading

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Hyphenated Compound Adjectives

Sometimes you just need a hyphen. You really do. Here’s proof: He was a big-city worker, a cold-case officer with slicked-back hair. is very different from He was a big city worker, a cold case officer with slicked back hair. … Continue reading

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Inserting Question Marks

Proofreaders’ Marks Uh-oh, that question ends with a period and you need to change it. Well, this proofreaders’ mark is one of the easiest. All you need to do is draw a question mark wherever it ought to be: In … Continue reading

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Marking Hyphens

Proofreaders’ Marks Hyphens are a handy sort of punctuation. You can use them to stick two words together or to break a word down to size at a line break. But, as you can imagine, a little red hyphen between … Continue reading

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Marking Commas

Proofreaders’ Marks The latest in this series explaining proofreaders’ marks concerns that workhorse punctuation mark, the comma. As we all know commas go some places and not others, but—thank goodness—that’s an entry for another day. Today’s entry is merely concerned … Continue reading

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Marking Periods

Proofreaders’ Marks Periods are the smallest dab of ink on the page, but they’re some of the most important marks. Without periods paragraphs become very difficult to read, discouraging readers who have to sleuth around for the beginnings and ends … Continue reading

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Italics & Punctuation

To italicize (punctuation) or not to italicize, that is the question. The Rule (According to CMS 6.3): Punctuation should appear in the same font or typeface as the general body text of a document. So if you have a roman … Continue reading

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