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    Grammer Pole of the Weak: Em Dash Spacing

    In this week’s Grammer Pole, we’ll be turning to a question of spacing. We’ve already dealt with sentence spacing — specifically, whether one space or two should be used between sentences — but today, we’re going to take a look at the em dash. Should you be using a space before and after an em dash?

    31 Comments / / Dec 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    English Grammar and Usage, Reader Polls

    Grammer Pole of the Weak: Are You Serial with That Comma?

    Welcome to Above the Law’s latest Friday series: Grammer Pole of the Weak. Readers, the title of this weekly poll is supposed to be ironic. Are you serial with all of these emails correcting our spelling? Speaking of being serial, let’s turn to the topic of this week’s discussion: the serial comma….

    119 Comments / / Aug 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM