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At the risk of angering John McWhorter I’m going to proclaim that the sky is indeed falling. The proper use of punctuation is a dying art. More generally, it sometimes seems like ANY use of punctuation is a dying art. I have to confess that I don’t punctuate my text messages 100% of the time, but I’m pretty close. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but I like people to know when one thought ends and another begins.
Let's take another look at that previous paragraph
Don’t get me wrong, I think McWhorter is absolutely right that kids today are learning two different languages, the language of true written word, and the language of speech and shorthand communication. This dual fluency is fantastic. I just don’t want us to lose the beauty and grace of the written word as it was originally intended to be used.
Are you two tense? Rather, do you use two tenses in your writing? This can be a cardinal sin in writing and something that makes an idea very hard to follow. When you’re writing something that “is” happening, make sure that it continues to happen “now” and doesn't suddenly become a past or future event. What exactly do I mean by this?
Let’s take this example:
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I have decided to move my Best Word Forward page to Weebly for two reasons. Firstly, I like the design interface better than at Wix and I am able to get started on a new blog to help drive traffic to the site. Secondly, I felt like the site needed a reset and the best way to go about that was to move it completely.
I am adding a blog feature to the Best Word Forward site as you no doubt have already noticed. This blog will focus on writing tips. My goal is to help you become a better writer so that you don't even need me.
So here I embark on a new venture with editing and proofreading. If you need help with this, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you have questions about grammar, punctuation, spelling, anything related to your writing, drop me a line or put a comment here on the blog and I will try to get a post up about it.
Jonathan Ytreberg is the owner of Best Word Forward, committed to providing the best resume advice and services to clients around the globe.