Some gems from this article on ACESeditors include:
• All you need to know about semicolons is that Shirley Jackson liked them.
• If it starts with a capital letter, look it up.
• People don’t need to nod their heads, they can just nod. What else are you going to nod, your elbow?
Because I still double-check this every single time I edit …
“Here’s the difference between lay vs. lie, along with ‘lay lie’ examples and a simple chart that breaks it all down.”
Source: Lay vs. Lie (vs. Laid) – Grammar Rules
1. Obtain: to gain possession of something physical
Example: I obtained a ticket to the weekend basketball game.
2. Attain: to achieve, to accomplish
Example: I attained my goal of completing the marathon.
1. Therefor: in exchange for [mostly used in legal text]
Example: He has an apple, and I gave him my orange therefor.
2. Therefore: consequently, for that reason, because of, hence
Example: I think, therefore I am.
For a more detailed explanation, see the Grammarist.
Today’s quick tip: There is no alot.
You might, however, want a lot of ice cream when you’re feeling sad.
You also might allot several thousand dollars to a college fund.
For more help, check out Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again (Quick & Dirty Tips).
Today’s quick tip: When it comes to dialogue, everything goes inside the quotation marks (including commas).
Example 1: “No, no!” she yelled. “Not the antique vase!”
Example 2: “Why is it,” she asked, hands over her eyes, “that every time I leave the room for five minutes, you decide to go crazy?”
Example 3: “Cat, I love you every day, but sometimes I’m not so sure I like you.”