It sounds funny, right? ‘What is an… em and en rule?’ almost sounds like I’m talking about the delicious chocolate treats! Well, they’re not as delicious as they are, but when used correctly in your day-to-day writing they can definitely sweeten what you’re trying to say (bad pun, I know).
Let’s be serious for a moment. I know when I first heard the term ‘em and en rule’, I was very confused and all I could ask was… well, ‘what is an em and en rule?’. Well, turns out they’re the names of the different lengths of dashes. You know when you’re typing on Word and you pop in a dash or two, and then you hit the space bar and it changes length? In that moment, you are being introduced to an em or en rule!
How can you tell the difference? It’s not too hard, I promise! Think about what they’re called and it might just come to you…
It's time for me to be honest about my current situation. You may have already guessed this but I need to take a break.
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Today, we're talking about the literary theory of feminist criticism! Don't just think this is just a spin off of feminism because this literary theory focuses on a lot more than that.
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It's time for me to tell you all about psychoanalytic criticism! Watch and listen as I try and get out as many psychoanalytic words as possible, and do a bit of stumbling in doing so!
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In this video, we’re talking about the literary theory of Marxist criticism! Listen to me try and explain it in a short, sharp and shiny way (although I’m not very successful at all in doing so!).
Today, we’re talking about crucial sites and critical moments! They are two ideas in the linguistics world that we might not be aware of but experience a lot in our lives. Knowing about them can also help you write intense scenes for your characters!
Let's be honest, semicolons are probably the most feared punctuation mark out there. How often have we typed up a story or essay happily on Word when suddenly that squiggly line appears underneath a sentence suggesting you should use a semicolon? When that happens, do you do it immediately or do you just rewrite the sentence? I can understand where everyone is coming from. Since I know not a lot of people understand the uses for a semicolon, I tend to avoid using them to not have them stand out so much on a page. However, now that we're here in this instalment of 'What is a.... semicolon?' we can finally feel a little more confident in using them!
Semicolons are pretty useful when used correctly. They can help clear ambiguity or provide an emphasis where a comma cannot. This punctuation mark is so mysterious, we tend to think there must be so many complex situations where they can be used which must be avoided at all costs. With the reputation they have, you would think only amazing literary geniuses are allowed to use the semicolon because no one else on this Earth seems to understand. Well, guess what, semicolons are actually very simple and have very little rules against them. My understanding of these punctuation marks comes from a range of different resources. However, the main source I will be referring to is the Style manual for authors, editors and printers by Snooks & Co (2002).
As you can see in the title, TaleInferno vlogs are back! Unfortunately the Internet situation hasn't been fixed. However, I'll be trying to upload a vlog/video every Friday from here on in, so fingers crossed the Internet cooperates!
‘I’m an apostrophe. I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see.’
--Whatever it takes, Imagine Dragons
Although this lyric is true, it doesn’t show the whole picture of what an apostrophe symbolises. How many times have you sat there and thought ‘does the apostrophe go before or after the s’ or ‘does this word need an apostrophe’?
Well, never fear because this blog post will be able to help you in making that decision (hopefully). See, we could sit here all day and talk about plural and singular nouns, possessives, placenames and all that jazz, but does that still answer your question? Maybe, but let me try and explain it in a simpler manner using the Australian Style manual for authors, editors and printers (Snooks & Co 2002).
Commas might be one of the most frequently used punctuation marks alongside the full-stop. However, is that a good thing? These dynamic little marks on a page indicate a small break in a sentence. So, when used incorrectly, they can be a horror to the flow and coherence of a sentence. Even when used correctly, too many can give a reader anxiety about what is happening, leave them out of breath and cause them to lose interest.
Just like any punctuation mark, it is important that we understand when and how to use them. When we write our stories, essays, business documents or whatever it is we’re writing, we need to make sure our audience can understand it. So, with the comma being as commonly used as it is, we need to make sure we’re using them right! This post will provide some insight into the proper use of commas as per the Australian Style manual for authors, editors and printers (Snooks & Co 2002) as well as some comments from me about them.
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.