Write for Business - Blog

UpWrite Press understands the importance of writing skills in business: We're business people just like you. On this blog you'll find tips to improve your writing, along with topics of interest to our staff.

Featured Product

Write for Work

Our newest book Write for Work, a practical guide to writing and communicating in the workplace. This 8½ x 11 inch work-text is designed specifically to teach writing, grammar, and communication as it applies to the workplace.

Subscribe to the Blog

Add to Google Add to My Yahoo!

Subscribe to eTips

eTips includes the best information for effective business writing, along with helpful advice and updates on evolving communication practices.

Stay Connected

Categories

Tag Cloud

Recent Posts

Archives

    Using Punctuation: Semicolon with a Conjunctive Adverb

    Monday, March 07, 2011

    A semicolon is used before a conjunctive adverb (also, besides, however, instead, then, therefore) that connects two independent clauses; a comma is used after the adverb.

    Too many overtime hours can lead to insanity; however, you'll probably be too busy to notice.

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.

    Using Punctuation: Semicolon to Join Two Independent Clauses

    Friday, March 04, 2011

    A semicolon is used to join two closely related independent clauses. (Remember: Independent clauses can stand alone as separate sentences.)

    When business is good, it pays to advertise; when business is bad, you've got to advertise.

    Note: A comma may be used if the two clauses are short or express a contrast in ideas.

    Acquiring new technology is one thing, using it efficiently is another.

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.

    Using Punctuation: When NOT to Use Commas

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    In addition to understanding when and where to use commas correctly, you should also know when not to use commas.

    Do not use a comma between compound predicates.

    We started the van, and discovered a problem. (This sentence should not have a comma.)

    Do not use a comma between a subject and a verb.

    Recent articles on Internet marketing, are available online. (This sentence should not have a comma.)

    Do not use a comma between a verb and its object or complement.

    My supervisor said I should read, The Business Journal. (This sentence should not have a comma.)

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.

    Using Punctuation: Commas to Separate Interjections

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    A comma is used to separate an interjection or a weak exclamation from the rest of the sentence.

    OK, I'll pass the latest sales figures on to the Accounting Department.

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.

    Using Punctuation: Commas Before Tag Sentences

    Monday, February 07, 2011

    A comma is used before a tag sentence, which is a short statement or question at the end of a sentence.

    You took the job, didn't you?

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.