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Quotation MarksQuotation Marks are marks of punctuation that are used to set off a direct quotation or a piece of dialogue.
Use double quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation.
Direct quotations repeat a speaker's exact words.
Her editor told her, "The final edits are done on the manuscript."
"The final edits," her editor told her, "are done on the manuscript."
You would not use quotation marks were the sentence structured using and indirect quotation.
Indirect quotations are summaries or paraphrases of someone else's words.
Her editor told her that the final edits were done on the manuscript.
Double quotation marks are also used to enclose titles of songs, short stories, essays, poems and articles.
Hearing the song "Over the Rainbow" always invoked memories of home for her.
Her essay, "Caring for our Elders," earned her very high accolades from her professor.
However, do not use quotation marks around titles of book
Proper Use of Me and ITwo of the most common words used incorrectly, both in written material and in speech, are "me" and "I."
Technically, "I" is a nominative pronoun used as a subject of a sentence, while "me" is an objective pronoun, used as an object. The problem usually arises when connecting objects in a sentence. "I" is not an objective case word, but it is used simply because to most people it just sounds better.
Using "I" works for the nominative case when you and the other person are subjects of a sentence; however, if you and the other person are objects of the sentence, using "I" is not correct.
For example, "Mary and I are going to the conference" works. "You" and "Mary" are subjects of the sentence. Remove "Mary" and you have, "I (am) going to the conference."
Being objects in a sentence changes correct structure. Simply leave out the second object(s), or person(s). For example:
You may be tempted to write or say, "Would you like to join Mary and I at the conference?" By removing the second ob
Meaning and Proper Use of i.e. and e.g.The Latin abbreviations i.e. and e.g. are the cause of confusion for many people, and are often used incorrectly. There is a very simple way to know which is proper to use, simply by understanding their meanings and what they stand for.
"I.e." which, written out fully in Latin is "Id Est," means "that is," or "in other words." The second example, "in other words," beginning with the letter "i" is an excellent way to remember its meaning, (i.e. = in other words). It specifies, or makes more clear.
"E.g." comes from the Latin "Exempli Gratia" and its translation is "for the sake of an example." Again, there is a very easy way to remember the meaning and therefore usage of the abbreviation, in that "example" is in its description, (e.g. = example). "E.g." is also used in expressions similar to "including," when you're not intending to list everything that is being discussed.
Both i.e. and e.g. are most frequently used mid-sentence, and therefore are not capitalized. However, if you begin
15 Frequently Confused Pairs of VerbsThese similar-looking words below have dissimilar meanings. Make sure you're using the correct one in each pair.
1. Amused/bemused: To be amused is to be entertained; to be bemused is to be confused.
2. Appraise/apprise: To appraise is to evaluate; to apprise is to inform.
3. Ascribe/subscribe: To ascribe is to attach an idea to a source; to subscribe is to hold belief in an idea.
4. Attain/obtain: To attain is to reach; to obtain is to acquire.
5. Barter/haggle: To barter is to trade; to haggle is to negotiate.
6. Born/borne: To be born is to be brought forth; to be borne is to be carried along.
7. Borrow/loan: To borrow is to receive something for temporary use; to loan is to provide something on those terms.
8. Careen/career: To careen is to lean over to one side or to sway; to career is to hurry carelesslynot to be confused with the alternate meaning of a chosen pursuit, a profession or occupation. (Additionally,
Apostrophes with Numbers, Letters, AbbreviationsRule: The plurals for capital letters and numbers used as nouns are not formed with apostrophes.
Example: She consulted with three M.D.s.
Example: She went to three M.D.s' offices.
The apostrophe is needed here to show plural possessive.
Example: She learned her ABCs.
Example: the 1990s
Example: the '90s or the mid-'70s
the '90's or the mid-'70's
Example: She learned her times tables for 6s and 7s.
Exception: Use apostrophes with capital letters and numbers when the meaning would be unclear otherwise.
Example: Please dot your I's.
You don't mean Is.
Example: Ted could not distinguish between his 6's and 0's.
You don't mean Os.
Hyphenating Between WordsMany of us get confused about when to hyphenate between words. For example, should you write "nearly-extinct wolves" or "nearly extinct wolves"?
Nearly answers how close to extinct wolves are/were. Adverbs answer the questions how, where, and when.
Adverbs do not get attached to adjectives with hyphens. Therefore, the adverb nearly, like most "ly" words, does not get hyphenated.
Only compound adjectives—adjectives that act as one idea with other adjectives—get hyphenated in front of nouns.
Example: The crowd threw out the barely edible cake.
The word barely is an adverb answering how edible the cake was.
Example: newly diagnosed disease
The word newly is an adverb answering when.
Example: We live in a two-story building.
The word two does not answer how, when, or where. It is acting as one idea with story to describe the noun building. Therefore, two-story
Parallel ConstructionSentences and lists are awkward when they contain a series of items with inconsistent grammatical structure. But as your reader scans through a series of items with parallel grammatical structure, the relationships between different items of information become clear. Here's an example:
Which of the two sentences below is easier to follow?
At the February meeting we will hold a discussion of the new health plan, whether to revise the procedures manual, and then a draft will be developed of the early retirement policy.
At the February meeting, we will discuss the new health plan, decide whether to revise the procedures manual, and draft an early retirement policy.
In the second example, the parallel verb tenses saved space and helped us grasp the ideas immediately. To help your writing flow smoothly and make sense, use the same format for items you present in a series.
Demonstrative AdjectivesThis/That/These/Those Demonstrative Adjectives
The demonstrative adjectivesthis/that/these/thosetell us where an object is located and how many objects there are.
This and that are used to point to one object. This points to something nearby while that points to something "over there."
This dog is mine.
This is mine.
That dog is hers.
That is hers.
These and those refer to more than one object. These points to things nearby while those points to things "over there."
These babies have been smiling for a while.
These are mine.
Those babies in the nursery have been crying for hours.
Those are yours.
Awhile and A WhileA while is a noun phrase in which "a" is an article, and "while" functions as a noun meaning "a short period of time."
Awhile is an adverb meaning "for a while."
The word awhile has "for" built into its meaning.
Basically, the meaning is the same, it's the structure that differs.
A mnemonic to assist in determining which to use, is whether "for a while" could be used in the sentence, without changing its meaning, where you were intending to use awhile.
- "I'll speak with you awhile" is correct because you could also say, "I'll speak with you for a while."
- "I'll speak with you for awhile" is not correct because you're actually using the word "for" twice.
(awhile = for a while: "I'll speak with you for for a while.")
- "I'll prepare my blog in awhile" is not correct as you would not say "I'll prepare my blog in for a while."
- "Writing the blog may take awhile"
An FC is Like a ChildHey, thought I'd bring up something that's come to me. Now, I've been going around the Sly Cooper fandom, and saw a couple of well-developed FCs that are the love interests of Sly Cooper and Carmelita Fox. I was originally going to call her out for that, but then I saw the effort she put into them. It made me realize something that I didn't know I was doing long ago.
An FC/OC is something like your child. Once it's brought into the world, it has to grow in a way that's similar to how we grow. We put them through life experiences, break their hearts, help them achieve goals, and in the end, get a well balanced character with a story of his or her own.
Sapphire is pretty much all grown up at this point (mostly), I want to restart Terry's legacy (as a thief this time), and I've got new plans for Nicole, Sly's soon-to-be adopted daughter.
But let me give you a word of advice: If you dislike my FCs, then I have every right to dislike yours. And that's pretty rare for me, but it's typically
Questions for the Communists, Nazis, and Similar.As the title states, I have some questions for people who DA who follow things like Communism or Nazism. So without further ado-
Why do you follow an ideology that committed some of the worst acts of censorship in the 20th Century?
Why do you follow an ideology that stifles(and in nearly all cases punishes) any creativity that is not in line with the central leadership?
Why do you follow an ideology that doesn't permit individual/free-thinking which is practically key for artists and writers?
Why do you follow an ideology that demands that a painting or story's meaning is not decided by the creator or reader/viewer but by the central leadership?
Why do you follow an ideology that has no problem killing or imprisoning artists or writers if they creates things that go against the central leadership?
Environmentalist? Nah.Why I don't call myself an environmentalist even though I believe in protecting and caring for God's creation.
Caring for nonhuman things and creatures is nothing new. God gave humanity the responsibility to care for creation, and since then farmers, merchants, pet owners, gardeners, monks and more have learned by trial and error, from professional to apprentice, how to care for the animals and plants they use; they even became familiar with nonliving things, learning to clean and reserve water, and to use soil carefully. Draining of resources due to mismanagement and overuse has lead to quite a few falls of various cultures and civilizations, and even today we are seeing people becoming sick in urban areas where they are not getting adequate air and water. The connection between a healthy world and a healthy population is undeniable.
For me, it goes even deeper than physical necessity. The frayed relationship between mankind and nature is a stark reminde
Question for Hogwarts
HARRY POTTER: WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
HARRY: Hmm, the Triwizard Trophy depends on me guessing this right, so there must be more to this riddle than there seems. Let's think, a chicken, a road, what reason…birdfeed on the other side? He's being chased by something on this si—what, it's a trick question! He crossed the road…to get to the other side!
RON: Maybe he had to save his friend from the bloody Dursleys!
HERMIONE: chicken: a small, flightless bird…
VERNON DURSLEY: CHICKENS DO NOT CROSS ROADS! That's just a load of rubbish!
PETUNIA DURSLEY: I think I saw that disgusting animal leaving the sidewalk while I was spying on the neighbors this morning. I mean, when I was watering the flowers.
DUDLEY DURSLEY: Chicken? You mean like a chicken-sundae? Mum, I want a chicken sundae, NOW! I WANT CHICKEN SUNDAE MUUUUM!
HAGRID: Aw, chickens are borr'n. Let's talk about dragons or giants or someth'n.
DUMBLEDORE: This is a complicated question,
Deep Cliff #24 What's Up With Miley Cyrus
Question: What’s With Miley Cyrus?
Hello, and welcome to yet another Deep Cliff, where I listen to your questions and bring you in depth answers. I’ve got a few new questions to answer, but some of them will require some careful thought before I answer them, so in the mean time…I’ll address an old one that I got some time ago from a friend.
I love to listen to music. In my opinion, music is more than just entertainment…it’s art. Music can move people through beautiful and meaningful lyrics, powerful beats, soothing melodies, and so on. I for one have always loved classical music, but I believe there is something good to be found in all genres. Mika prefers the techno and dubstep style music, which I enjoy as well, but not to the same degree. Music impacts all people and in different ways. For this reason, I often catch myself reviewing and critiquing music. I’ll be driving with the radio on and, when a song comes on that I haven’
Children's StoriesAre children’s stories only good for children, or can adults enjoy them as well?
Well, there’s a quote by C.S. Lewis: “A children’s story that can only enjoyed by children isn’t a good children’s story in the slightest.”
If one is to look at some children’s stories today, one may notice that the there is little consequence or everything is cushioned into something that is just happy all the time. And if there is conflict, it’s either very minor or it’s always resolved with little development.
What C.S. Lewis was saying is that those kind of stories aren’t good for children in the very least because they don’t even give them even just a taste of what real life is like or what they’ll have to face when they’re older.
Now think about your most memorable movies as a child. It may have been a Disney or Dreamworks movie, but what was it that made the movie appealing to you as a child? If you
XY theory: Why the Team Flare members have eyewearOkay, something minor this time, but I believe one user gave me an interesting theory. Now Team Flare have been known for having something over their eyes. I actually think they're masking their identity somewhat.
There is a story by a user that depicts Serena putting on the apparel that defines Team Flare. In that story, she put on color contacts. Other members may have had to do that as part of a dress code. I'm not too sure why, but I think it's so that they may seem unrecognizable to people they once knew.
I mean think about it: many of them look the same (but then again, so do other villainous organizations. This may apply to other lower rank members of other Teams as well) This may be taken to a slight extreme.
And given Lysandre's belief that most humans are corrupt, he felt that the only way to "purify" them was to convert them to his beliefs and make them look alike.
But I think this is healthier than gouging one's eyes out, don't you think?
Editorial: The Point of No ReturnYou’re playing an RPG and don’t think twice about keeping more than one save file, instead constantly overwriting the same file whenever you save your hard-earned progress in the game. However, you ultimately reach a point, maybe in a long dungeon, when you wish to turn back and level up a little or purchase better equipment for your party, except you can’t. Congrats, you’ve just encountered a point of no return.
Points of no return, frankly, are an element that simply should not exist in RPGs, alongside the potential to not be able to win a game at all. One particularly notable offender in this aspect is the Squaresoft (now Square-Enix) RPG Saga Frontier, which in this writer’s experience was king of this trope, and one of the main reasons he couldn’t beat the game in over seven years after acquiring it as a present, the thought not having crossed his mind of grinding and/or learning and using a secret skill that was literally the difference
Art I'm Looking forHello. This is art that I'm interested in getting either via commission, art trade, or request.
Several NSFW pictures of Yoko Suzuki from Resident Evil Outbreak file 1 and file 2.
Some NSFW pictures of Seung Hui Cho.
Some SFW pictures of Seung Hui Cho. Also, Photoshop pictures of him with me or my OCs.
Some stories and/or poems involving Seung Hui Cho.
Some pictures of Adrian from Little Nicky.
Commas Before AND in a SeriesIn American English usage, a comma should precede and with three or more items in a series.
Example: I would like to order a salad, a sandwich, and dessert.
Newspapers and magazines do not generally use this rule, as print space is too valuable to use on what might be considered extraneous punctuation. However, print publications will use the final comma before and if it is needed to avoid confusion.
Example: Her $10 million estate was split among her husband, daughter, son, and nephew.
Omitting the comma after son would have led the reader to believe that the son and nephew had to split one-third of the estate (each receiving one-sixth), rather than understanding that each relative received one-fourth of the estate.
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