Tag: contractions

  • Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Editors and clients sometimes quail at the sight of idiomatic phrases. If someone asks you to cool it with the old saws, you’ll probably want to listen up. Idiom examples can throw readers for a loop if they aren’t familiar with the sayings you’re using. Going nuts with figurative speech can also have a variety…

  • A 5- to 10-Minute Primer on Suspensive Hyphenation

    A 5- to 10-Minute Primer on Suspensive Hyphenation

    A hyphen is a hyphen, right? Well, not exactly. Hyphens are commonly used to join compound words like full-time, part-time, third-grade, goal-oriented and so forth. Suspensive hyphenation refers to the use of a hyphen in phrases that function as adjectives or in noun phrases that share common words. Suspensive hyphens also shorten compound modifiers. I…

  • Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    If you’re like me, you often feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day. There’s never any time to play video games or exercise. There’s no time to study or to get into Stanford. You, me, Jessie Spano — we’ll take any shortcuts we can get if it means regaining just a few precious moments of…