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Questions about the rules of grammar, and how to properly apply them to writing. Note that questions asking to improve or check grammar of a specific piece are off-topic.

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You capitalize The if: It begins a sentence. It is part of the name. So if the inn is The Cloak and Dagger Inn, everything is capitalized (except the and of course). If the name is the Cloak an …
answered Jul 4 '16 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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Block D You capitalize proper names. The reason 'Block' is capitalized is because you are referring to a specific block. 'The block' would not be capitalized, because - while you are referring to a p …
answered Apr 13 '15 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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Sticking to the technical grammar definition, a conjunction is a word that connects two phrases within the same sentence. If you start a sentence with a conjunction, one of the phrases is in a … different sentence. Therefore the conjunction is uneeded, and it is improper grammar to begin a sentence with one. HOWEVER: do not let the rules of grammar hinder your writing. Let them help it only …
answered Feb 1 '17 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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The word 'but' follows the same rules as any other conjunction, just like 'and' or 'or'. It's a word that joins two phrases. All of your examples are correct. The first phrase ends with a comma, and …
answered May 9 '16 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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Hi hebbo and welcome to Writers SE! Generally asking what to write is off topic, but I think this is an exception, because it is actually a common problem in writing (at least for me). It's not a naiv …
answered Jul 7 '16 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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What does the data show? I believe data is a collective noun (though I am not 100% sure on that). Collective nouns are plural only when the context is speaking of their individual parts, or memb …
answered May 26 '15 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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Writer Preference Both ways are correct. In your first example, 'smashing it like an egg' is a dependent clause. The second line converts it to a compound verb and an adverb clause. In your second e …
answered Nov 19 '15 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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These are both prepositional phrases. Number 1 should be included. Number 2 does not have to be. Below I explain why. A prepositional phrase must consist of a preposition (behind, on, in, under, aro …
answered Apr 29 '15 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron
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I think I see what your problem is. According to my handy grammar handbook: The exact words of a speaker should be set off from the rest of the sentence by using a comma, a question mark, or an …
answered Nov 7 '15 by Thomas Reinstate Monica Myron