When to Use Dot Dot Dot (The Ellipsis)

picture of an ellipsis: three evenly spaced dotsKnowing when to use dot, dot, dot, or the ellipsis as it is formally named, is something that does not come naturally to many writers, and it is one of the most commonly misused punctuation marks in existence.

One of the main causes for this confusion concerns the fact that the dot, dot, dot has evolved into a punctuation mark that is frequently used in informal communications, often to denote a pause or that some information is missing. While this is perfectly acceptable, the ellipsis has been increasingly overused to the point that many people litter their writing with multiple period marks to the extent that it often loses all meaning. In this article we take a look at the ellipsis, what it looks like and, most importantly of all, when it should and should not, be used.

If the elipsis is not the only punctuation mark you struggle with, you may also appreciate our guide to the the punctuation marks everyone should master.

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What is Grammar and Why is It Important?

Grammar talksHave you ever actually stopped to consider the question “What is grammar?”

If you take the time to think carefully about it, you may actually find that you experience problems pinning down an interpretation of this complex linguistic field. That is exactly why it causes so many people so much confusion and results in grammatical mistakes.

In addressing the question of “what is grammar”, the Oxford Dictionary defines grammar as:

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When to Use a Semi-Colon

Punctuation marks semi colonKnowing when to use a semi-colon is something that does not come easily to many writers, and many people are confused as to when a comma or colon should be used in favor of a semi-colon, and vice versa. However, it really is worth taking the time to learn about this punctuation mark and when it should be used, as the correct use of it in your writing can really make a difference to the power of your communication. There are basically three situations in which you should use a semi-colon:

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101 Examples of Onomatopoeia in Sentences

Pew, Pew... example of onomatopoeiaOnomatopoeia is a word or group of words that, when spoken aloud, imitates the sound it produces. Onomatopoeia is extremely useful in written English because it helps authors to describe sounds accurately and makes writing much more lively and interesting. Here is a comprehensive list of 101 examples of onomatopoeia in sentences. In each example, the onomatopoeias are underlined.

Examples of Onomatopoeia in Sentences

1)    On my first morning on the farm, I was awoken suddenly by the cock-a-doodle-do of the resident rooster.

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29 Expert Tips on Writing Website Copy That Gets Real Results

Online articles for online businessesWriting website copy involves a number of major skills. You need to understand the psychology of your target customers and have the writing ability to appeal to that psychology, you need to be able to answer all your customer’s questions and present your site in a method that is easy to understand and intuitive, and you need to interest and engage visitors to your site, all while simultaneously presenting your copy in a manner that appeals to the search engines. It is no mean feat!

This week we asked a group of 29 seasoned experts what their top tips were for writing website copy that gets real results. We asked:

What’s your top tip for writing copy that talks to your site visitor and gets the results you are looking for?

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Em Dash vs. En Dash: A Quick and Simple Guide

Picture of the en dash and the em dash

In the battle of the em dash vs. the en dash it is critical that writers are aware of the major differences between the two punctuation marks and that they ensure they use them correctly and in the appropriate format in their written documents. Otherwise, you may find yourself guilty of making funny punctuation mistakes.

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Free SEO Template and Checklist


Picture of the Free SEO TemplateIf you need a little help to get your head around search engine optimization (SEO) and writing copy that meets Google’s requirements, our free SEO template is exactly what you need.

Let’s get one thing straight right from the start: writing search engine optimized copy is NOT rocket science. While you may come across many companies promising to use their secret knowledge of the Google ranking algorithms to make your rankings soar, the basic truth is that writing website copy that appeals to the search engines and meets their criteria is actually very simple. So simple, in fact, that we have broken down all the steps in order to produce a free SEO template and checklist that can guide you through the process of optimizing a page on your site. Click on the link below to download it.

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5 Things Angry Birds can Teach You About Writing English Well

writing english well with angry birdsUnless you’ve been lost on a desert island somewhere for the last 12 months, you can’t fail to have heard about Angry Birds, an animated game about disgruntled birds retaliating against malevolent egg-stealing pigs.

On face value, Angry Birds may seem like a complete and utter waste of time, albeit a fun one. However, if you pay close attention, you may find that you can actually learn something as you furiously battle to gain custody of those eggs.

After a great deal of research and analysis (i.e., hours spent playing every single version of Angry Birds that Rovio have to offer), I realized that these pig-bludgeoning birds and evil little livestock can actually teach us a great deal about writing English well.

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Grammar and Spelling Tips for Business Signs, Menus and Cards

Business sign grammar and spellingWhen you print a sign, menu, card, or other written document for your business, you should pay attention to the grammar and spelling contained within your communication. Well-written marketing material may not necessarily impress customers, but error-riddled writing that has not been checked by a professional proofreading and editing service can certainly make would-be buyers go somewhere else.

These tips will help you to attract buyers and give your customers the best possible impression of your business.

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10 Methods to Improve Indexing For Your Website

website editing to improve indexingImprove indexing rates for your site by following our hints and tips for improving your attractiveness to search engines like Google.

How to Improve Indexing

One of the most popular discussions that you will see in the Google forums revolve around indexing and many people complain that their new content isn’t appearing online.  It would be ideal if Google visited your site on a daily basis and content was instantly available in search engine rankings, but this will only ever happen if, and when, Google recognizes how great your site it.

While you cannot forcibly improve indexing and Google’s crawl rate, there are some things you can do to get Google to visit your site more often.  Before you look at the steps I have outlined below, make sure your site is actually indexed by Google.  If not, you’ll need to visit Google and add it.

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