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How to write AM and PM

How to write AM PM This drives me crazy. I look this up all the time, and always need to check again. Why? Because there are so many options.  Option One: am – pm  • When it’s 10 pm in New York, it’s 8 am in Mumbai.  • Tomorrow, I’m working from 9 am to 6 pm.  • The meeting will be from 8 to 10 am.  …

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How to use quotation marks.

Quotation Marks Quotation marks have several simple uses, and a lot of specific rules. Try learning the general rules first, and focus on the details later. (There are a lot of details.) 1. Use quotation marks to show exactly what people said:  Allan said, “I want to go out for dinner tonight.” “Really!?” asked Barbara. “We went out last night.” …

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How To Use Semicolons

How to use Semicolons I’m not going to lie; semicolons are tough. They are the single most misunderstood punctuation mark for native speakers.  Are semicolons even necessary? If we’re talking about casual writing, texting, and emailing, then no, probably not. However, if you’re reading or writing professional documents, it’s probably a good idea to understand …

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