Grammar Friday

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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