Today’s grammar tips:
- When you need to indicate that something has been left out of quoted material, use an ellipsis. It consists of three spaced periods. Here’s an example: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation . . . dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
- If you’ve come to the end of a sentence, and you’re leaving out part of the next sentence or one or more sentences that follow, you need both an ellipsis and a period to signal the end of the sentence. The period butts up against the last word of the sentence. It works like this: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of
devotion. . . .”
- The past tense of “drag” is “dragged,” not “drug.” Use the word “drug” only when referring to a medicinal substance.
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Read the Pipeline of Children package of stories. You’ll meet real children who made the journey. You’ll learn what motivated them to head north from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. You’ll read about how gang activity has intensified and become more violent. You’ll receive an explanation of how a U.S. law passed during the Bush presidency in 2008 is causing complications today.
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Spend some time with this remarkable package of stories. You’ll come away much better informed, and you’ll be hungry for more in-depth reporting.