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5 punctuation tips to make writing easier

So many ways to write these days.  Keep it easy and following these simple rules from APA.

  1. Periods – One space after a periods, commas, colons, and semi-colons.
  2. Commas – Use commas before “and” and “or” in a series (e.g. one, two, three, and four).
  3. Commas– Use commas to set off exact dates but not general dates (April 12, 2014, vs. April 2014).
  4. Dashes – Only use dashes to indicate a separate in the sentence.
  5. Dashes – Do not overuse them, it will weaken your message.

Reminder: Periods and commas go inside double quotation marks “.” Other punctuations marks should go outside of the double quotation marks “?” unless they are part of the quoted material.

Reference: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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