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Commas in Letter Writing

Use commas after the salutation (also called the greeting) in a personal letter and after the complimentary closing in all letters. Salutation: Dear Fred, My dearest Emmeline, Closing: Sincerely, Truly yours,

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Supposed to/Suppose to

The common expressions supposed to meaning “meant to” or “intended to” and used to meaning “formerly” are frequently misspelled or misunderstood. Both expression are normally in the Passive Voice. This means that the verb is the past participle so it ends with an -ed. Writers sometimes drop the final d because of the t sound

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Turbid means “muddy” or “hazy.” It is often applied to water or speech. Turgid means “swollen, overflowing” or “pompous.” It also is usually applied to water, speech, or writing.

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Wise (Suffix)

Coining new words with the suffix -wise may be clever, but it is nonstandard. Incorrect: He did well this quarter saleswise. Correct: He did well in sales this quarter.

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Commas in Numbers

In numbers of more than three digits, use a comma after every third digit from right to left. Incorrect: The area of North America is approximately 9435000 square miles. Correct: The area of North America is approximately 9,435,000 square miles. (This is much easier to read.) Numbers which normally do not take commas are ZIP

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