Presentation on theme: " To divide a word at the end of a line Do NOT divide a one-syllable word Divide a word only between syllables playing Divide an already hyphenated."— Presentation transcript:
To divide a word at the end of a line Do NOT divide a one-syllable word Divide a word only between syllables playing Divide an already hyphenated word at the hyphen Self-defense Do NOT divide words so that only 1 letter stands alone
Twenty-one to ninety-nine Two-thirds majority (when used as modifier) Prefixes and suffixes All--- -elect-- mid- Ex--- -free-- non- Great--- mid--- pro- Compound adjective preceding the noun A well-rehearsed play
Gives a sharp separation within a sentence More definitive than commas or parentheses To indicate an abrupt break in thought The party—I’m sorry I didn’t tell you earlier—was moved to next week. To mean namely, that is, or in other words to introduce an explanation The weather has been unseasonable warm—in the mid-seventies—all October.
To enclose informative or explanatory material of minor importance Material in parentheses can be omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence
When a parenthetical sentence falls within another sentence Do not use a capital letter (Ms. VanderMeer says, “Except for a proper noun.”) Do not end with a period (but may end with a question mark or exclamation point!)
When a parenthetical sentence stands alone Begin with a capital letter. (I know I just told you not to do that!) End with a period, question mark, or exclamation point. (Why is the English language so complicated?)
Only information that can be omitted is considered parenthetical Use commas when the information is CLOSELY related to the rest of the sentence Use a dash to indicate an ABRUPT change in thought Use parentheses to indicate the information is of minor importance Do NOT overuse parenthetical material, or you may confuse your readers